Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Trump vows again to try to ‘terminate’ Affordable Care Act

Trump vows again to try to ‘terminate’ Affordable Care Act News and commentary from Founding Editor Pat Kreitlow - Up North News Even as former President Donald Trump promised to try again to “terminate” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Wisconsin progressives doubled down on their own promise to expand healthcare coverage and make it more affordable for working families. Trump put a post on his Truth Social account last Sunday that criticized Republicans who refused to “terminate” the ACA—adding “we should never give up.” Democrats immediately amplified the post, given the strong and growing public support for affordable health care. “Christmas has come early” for Democrats and President Joe Biden, reported Axios. Robert Kraig, executive director for Citizen Action Wisconsin, told UpNorthNews Radio the better path would be for Wisconsin Republicans to take advantage of an ACA provision that would expand and strengthen Medicaid—better known in Wisconsin under the name BadgerCare. For more than a decade, Republicans in the Legislature have blocked BadgerCare expansion, leaving Wisconsin as one of only 10 states in the country missing out on the extra federal funding that would cover more families. Democratic legislators recently introduced a bill that would also add a public option to BadgerCare, allowing families and small businesses to buy into Medicaid coverage and use ACA subsidies to help make premiums even more affordable.

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