President-elect Donald Trump shocked the world with his electoral victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Now that he is going to assume power and become the 45th President of the United States he has begun to put in place some of his plans which include privitizing medicare, and possibly dismantling Obamacare. Such tasks will be simple for Trump to accomplish as Republicans have majorities in both the House of Representatives, and the Senate. The third most powerful Republican in government, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, has long wished to give big bonuses to his corporate friends and with Trump as president the moment he has been wanting for is soon to arrive.
Healthcare officials are terrified at the prospects of the Republican plans. The president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Robert Greenstein, said:
I’ve been working on these issues since 1972. This is by far the gravest threat to the safety net, and to low-income people, that I’ve seen in my close to half a century of working on these issues. I think there’s a potential in the first seven months, by the August recess, for Congress to pass policies that do more to increase poverty and hardship and widen inequality than we’ve seen in half a century.
According to a report by Vox.com Trump is all for Ryan’s agenda:
Trump already endorsed Ryan’s plans on Medicaid and has attacked food stamps at length. His vice president, Mike Pence, is a longtime friend and congressional ally of Ryan’s who if anything has argued for larger cuts than the ones Ryan wants.
Consider Trump has waffled on numerous campaign promises, it is impossible to predict what he will actually do once he is inaugurated and the entire world is watching.