Andy Slavitt & Jeff Young present "50 Ways to Leave You Uncovered"

2018 MIDTERM ELECTION

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Former Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt and Huffington Post healthcare reporter Jeff Young have each written up a fairly comprehensive list of the various types of ACA/healthcare sabotage which the Trump Administration and/or other Republicans in Congress or at the state level have attempted (or are in the process of attempting today).

Young posted an excellent roundup under a nice headline which says it all:

The GOP Has One Big Idea For Health Care Reform: Crappier Insurance

Read the whole piece; highly recommended.

Slavitt, meanwhile, uses Twitter to make similar points:

BREAKING: Health care is now under greater attack in 2018 than it was in 2017 from the Trump Administration.

Please read and consider sharing. 1/

— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) April 23, 2018

The Administration is eliminating health protections for transgender people— legalizing discrimination. 2/

— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) April 23, 2018

The Trump Administration is not recognizing the sovereign rights of native communities and is making a giant mistake.

We used to do everything we could to help people who need it. 3

— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) April 23, 2018

The Administration supports carelessly gutting the civil rights of people with disabilities for whom every right is an essential right. 4/

— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) April 23, 2018

The Administration is allowing plans that can make unlimited insurance company profits without requirements to cover anything, can have caps, and exclude pre-existing conditions. 5/

— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) April 23, 2018

The Admin is aiming to take Medicaid coverage from millions of Americans, most of them working, & even allow them to be locked out for 6 mos or more I f they lose their jobs or even lose hours.

For 53 years, health has allowed people to work.6/

— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) April 23, 2018

Nutrition programs are under attack for low income populations/ 7/

— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) April 23, 2018

Women’s health is under assault in so many ways. 8/

Trump Takes Away Fundamental Health Care for Women

— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) April 23, 2018

All told, this adds up to an historic attack on the public health and the health of all but the most financially secure and fortunate Americans with massive deficits intended to further starve public programs.

Important to watch this because...9/

— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) April 23, 2018

2017 was a ground war, covered every day in the news as Congress sought to repeal the ACA.

2018 is a cold war— millions will lose coverage, millions more will lose protections, millions more vital elements of their care by the end of the year and it is not a major news item./end

— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) April 23, 2018

I used the term "Regulatory Siege" to describe the 2018 sabotage efforts, but I like Slavitt's "ground war vs. cold war" metaphor better.