How Trump Election Could Impact Health Coverage Of 78,000 Low-Income Idahoans

Nov 11, 2016

It was a refrain we heard over and over during President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign.

“Unless you get hit by a truck, you’re never going to be able to use it," Trump said at the second presidential debate. "It is a disastrous plan and it has to repealed and replaced.”

The Affordable Care Act is one of the bigger Obama administration policies on Trump's chopping block. In Idaho, this means the Democratic-led push to expand Medicaid to cover 78,000 low-income Idahoans is dead.

“There’s not an appetite for Medicaid expansion," says state Sen. Marv Hagedorn (R-Meridian), "especially now that we’re going to have President Trump and the ACA is going to be changed.”

Hagedorn is co-chairman of an interim legislative group that's held five meetings since July. He’s been critical of Obamacare since the beginning.

“We know that we need to focus on the delivery of health care and getting that population of working poor healthier. That is going to cost the taxpayers less money in the long-run, so I think that is what our focus needs to be.”

He says no matter what may happen on the federal level, his goal in the state legislature in the coming year remains to get a state-run program up and running to address at least the primary care needs of Idahoans without health care.

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