Making America Great Again
President Donald J. Trump Achievements
PROVIDING AMERICANS THE HEALTHCARE THEY NEED
The Department of Agriculture provided more than $1 billion in fiscal year 2017 to be used to improve access to health care services for 2.5 million people in rural communities.
President Trump mobilized his entire Administration to address drug addiction and opioid abuse by directing the declaration of a Nationwide Public Health Emergency.
- President Trump created a bipartisan opioid commission and they issued 56 recommendations to help defeat the opioid crisis.
- In October 2017, President Trump directed The Department of Health And Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency, allowing grant money to be used to combat abuse.
- President Trump signed the International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response By Detecting Incoming Contraband With Technology (INTERDICT Act) that would give customs agents $9 million for screening tools on the border.
- President Trump appropriated more money to the cause. In April 2017, HHS announced it would provide $485 million in grants to states and territories to combat the opioid crisis. In fiscal year 2017, HHS invested nearly $900 million in opioid-specific funding.
- President Trump proposed changes to Medicaid to combat the opioid crisis.
President Trump signed an Executive order to reform the United States healthcare system to take the first steps to expand choices and alternatives to Obamacare plans and increase competition to bring down costs for consumers.
- The Secretary of Labor agreed to expand access to Association Health Plans (AHPs), which could potentially allow American employers to form groups across State lines.
- The Executive Order directed the Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services to implement the changes.
President Trump concluded there is no appropriations for cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurance companies under Obamacare.
- CSR payments have no authority and are unlawful.
- The bailout of insurance companies through these unlawful payments is yet another example of how the previous administration abused taxpayer dollars and skirted the law to prop up a broken system.
President Trump repealed Obamacare’s individual mandate, which required individuals to purchase a health care plan they may not want or be able to afford.
IMPROVING ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE, QUALITY HEALTHCARE:
- President Trump repealed the individual mandate, which forced people to buy expensive insurance.
- The mandate disproportionately hurt the poor: 80% of those affected made less than $50,000.
- Expanded access to Association Health Plans (AHPs) allowing small business to pool risk across states.
- Enacted $31 billion in Obamacare tax relief.
- President Trump signed a six-year extension of CHIP to fund healthcare for 9 million children.