In the Spotlight
President-elect Donald Trump and leaders of the Republican-controlled Congress have vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Congressional Republicans want to repeal the law’s taxes and benefits and buy time to come up with an alternative by delaying the effective date of full repeal for several years. SSN scholars assess the impact the “repeal and delay” strategy will have on the millions of Americans who depend on Obamacare for coverage.
Through executive action or new law, Trump and Congress may soon do significant damage to the rules, regulations, and enforcement procedures established over the past 45 years by presidents of both parties. Trump may repeal some regulations, weaken enforcement of others, and defund regulatory agencies that have been put in place to protect the public.
During his campaign, President Donald Trump emphasized that his main goals regarding abortion would be to nominate anti-choice justices to the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, make the Hyde Amendment “permanent law,” end later abortions, and defund Planned Parenthood. He also stated at one point that if abortion were to become illegal, there should be “some form of punishment” for women having the procedure.
Immigration policy changes were the centerpiece of President-Elect Trump’s platform. On his campaign page Trump promised that if elected he would “immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties,” and in a recent interview with 60 Minutes, Trump explained that his administration will remove two to three million undocumented migrants, with a focus on those who are “criminal, have criminal records, [are] gang members, drug dealers.”
On the campaign trail Donald Trump promised he wouldn’t touch Medicare. But his plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and the nomination of Congressman Tom Price for Health and Human Services Secretary signal deep changes to come. House Speaker Paul Ryan and his Republican caucus want to transform Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher program.
President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are about to take national debates and policy in abrupt new directions. Scholars have a role to play, providing journalists, policymakers, civic leaders and citizens with research, evidence and analysis to make sense of these rapid changes and their consequences. SSN has a plan for the year ahead, unveiled in a public letter from SSN Director Theda Skocpol and explained in a recent podcast.