Trumpcare: Expect the Phoenix to Rise from the Ashes
2017 U. ILL. L. REV. ONLINE: Trump 100 Days
12 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2017
Date Written: April 29, 2017
On the first day of the Trump presidency, 1/6th of the U.S. economy, or $3.2 trillion, revolved around healthcare. Twenty million people gained healthcare coverage after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “Obamacare” to opponents)—roughly half the number of uninsured that the ACA sought to cover. In October 2016, President Trump promised during a rally in Sanford, Florida, that “My first day in office, I am going to ask Congress to put a bill on my desk getting rid of this disastrous law and replacing it with reforms that expand choice, freedom, affordability.” One hundred days later, he is woefully short of that goal—and for good reason given the magnitude of the undertaking and the human costs of giving and then taking away. This Article first reviews where healthcare reform is nationally today and then charts some guideposts going forward.
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