Trump lays out goals for health care under his administration

Pia Christensen

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Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

In a speech before Congress in which he promised “Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed,” President Donald Trump laid out some expected goals for health care, without much detail about how to achieve those goals. (For comparison, see President Obama’s first congressional address.)

On Tuesday night, Trump talked about bringing drug and insurance costs down, giving states flexibility with Medicaid, tort reform and expanding the use of Health Savings Accounts.

Specifically:

  • “repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and, at the same time, provide better healthcare.”
  • Lower the cost of health insurance to make it available to everyone
  • “ensure that Americans with preexisting conditions have access to coverage, and that we have a stable transition for Americans currently enrolled in the healthcare exchanges.”
  • Use tax credits and expanded Health Savings Accounts to help people choose and purchase their own health insurance.
  • Give states “the resources and flexibility they need with Medicaid to make sure no one is left out.”
  • Bring drug prices down
  • “implement legal reforms that protect patients and doctors from unnecessary costs that drive up the price of insurance.”
  • Allow people to purchase health insurance across state lines.

Here are some AHCJ blog posts, tip sheets and other materials that address some of Trump’s proposals:

Here is a selection of coverage of the health care aspect of Trump’s speech:

Earlier stories:

Deborah Crowe contributed to this report.

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