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President Trump’s Executive Order Jeopardizes Access to Healthcare

Shriver Center Denounces Latest Chapter in Trump Administration’s ACA Sabotage Campaign

October 12, 2017

Contact: Michelle Nicolet
(P) 312.368.2675

Chicago, IL—Everyone should have access to high-quality, affordable healthcare. Most Americans agree with this ideal—and they also understand the crucial role that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid have played in making progress towards it.

Yet after failing to legislatively repeal the ACA and gut Medicaid, the Trump Administration has taken to more sinister tactics—sabotaging the individual marketplace through the executive branch. From shortening the open enrollment period, to slashing outreach and advertising budgets, to threatening to withhold financial assistance from low-income consumers, the Trump Administration has taken grave action to jeopardize the physical and financial well-being of millions of people around the country.

Thursday’s executive order is the latest chapter in this reckless campaign. By creating a loophole for groups and individuals to buy skimpier health plans, the order promises to gut key consumer protections—like those for pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps—destabilize the marketplace, cause premiums to skyrocket, and ultimately reduce access to healthcare. Though all of us will pay the price, sicker consumers, older adults, and working families will be hit hardest.

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law calls on the Trump Administration to rescind this executive order immediately and to begin working to implement the ACA effectively. If the order goes through, we will work in the states to challenge the expansion of watered-down health plans and protect access to quality, consumer-friendly healthcare through legislation and other legal channels. It is well past time for the Trump Administration to stop playing politics with the American healthcare system.


The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. We specialize in practical solutions. We advocate for and serve clients directly, while also building the capacity of the nation’s legal aid providers to advance justice and opportunity for their clients.

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