Trump Administration Seeks to Eliminate Affordable Healthcare Act: Would Hurt 25% in Indian Country

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Published March 27, 2019

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Monday evening moved to have the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as Obamacare, repealed. The Justice Department sent a two-sentence letter to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which said that a December ruling by a district court judge in Texas “should be affirmed.” The judge ruled that a 2017 change in federal tax law eliminating the penalty on uninsured people invalidated the entire ACA.

If the ruling is upheld, the ACA repeal would eliminate the Indian Health Care Improvement Act that was part of the ACA. If eliminated one in four American Indians and Alaska Natives would be left with no health care.

The current stance by Trump’s Justice Department does not immediately change the law. The decision is left up to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Regardless of the outcome of the Court of Appeals decision, a appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is probable.

The Trump administration has not offered an alternative to health care in the event the ACA is repealed.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee issued a statement asserting that “voters detest the GOP’s never-ending efforts to jeopardize their health care, they don’t believe the lies Republicans tell about their records when they get caught, and they’ll hold every GOP Senate candidate accountable in 2020.”

In the meantime, the two American Indian Congresswomen are seeking to expand Medicaid.

“From skyrocketing prescription drug prices to rising premiums, too many Americans are struggling with the basic costs of healthcare and access to quality coverage. It’s essential that Kansas joins the 36 states that have already expanded Medicaid to lower healthcare costs, increase access to quality healthcare coverage, and protect those with pre-existing conditions in our own communities,” commneted Rep. Sharice Davids, who represents the 3rd Congressional District in Kansas. She is a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

















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