Trump v. The ACA

Michael K. Gusmano, Michael S. Sparer, Lawrence D. Brown

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Before his incoherent response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus of President Trump's health policy agenda was the elimination of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which he has called a 'disaster'. The attacks on the ACA included proposals to repeal the law through the legislative process, to erode it through a series of executive actions, and to ask the courts to declare it unconstitutional. Despite these ongoing challenges, the ACA remains largely intact as the U.S. heads into the 2020 election. The longer term fate of the law, however, is uncertain and the outcome of the 2020 election is likely to have a dramatic effect on the direction of health policy in the U.S.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-255
Number of pages5
JournalHealth Economics, Policy and Law
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • ACA
  • Trump
  • U.S. Health Reform


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