Change Comes to Washington
[Post updated December 6, 2016] – When the state of Wisconsin was called for Donald Trump (Republican), it brought his total Electoral College votes over the 270 threshold necessary to win the presidency of the United States. With a Republican-controlled White House and Congress, major reforms to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will certainly be a top priority after President-elect Trump’s campaign promised to repeal Obamacare.
How has the political landscape changed for the healthcare supply chain?
A majority of Republican lawmakers remain opposed to the ACA and with the news of premium increases as well as private insurers withdrawing from the exchange market, it is possible that there will be substantive action to repeal or change parts of the health care law. President-elect Trump and a Republican Congress will face stiff challenges when finding a path to repeal the ACA without causing major disruptions to the health insurance marketplace. Many industry allies remain in key leadership positions – the first 100-days will be an important indicator of the direction and speed of changes that may take place.
HIDA has put together a brief summary for members, recounting the post-election lineup of key players, a breakdown of changes in both chambers and President-elect Trump’s healthcare agenda as they were laid out in his campaign. (Member login required) Get the election results factsheet ►
A look at healthcare nominees in the new administration
President–elect Trump has begun the process of nominating cabinet posts for his administration. Among the recently announced nominees include Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Seema Verma for Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
HIDA has outlined for members the backgrounds and policy positions of these nominees: (Member login required) Get the healthcare nominees factsheet ►
Watch for further HIDA Transition Updates at www.HIDA.org/GovAffairs as the incoming administration continues to make changes that affect the healthcare supply chain. Please contact us if you have questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.