Press Release

AFT’s Weingarten on the Trump Healthcare Budget

For Release: 

Monday, February 12, 2018


Andrew Crook
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WASHINGTON—AFT President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement on Donald Trump’s healthcare plan:

“Donald Trump is continuing the GOP’s assault on healthcare. Instead of making healthcare more accessible and affordable, so Americans are not one illness away from bankruptcy, Trump’s plan does the opposite. In the midst of a flu epidemic, this plan would make it harder, not easier, for families to get the care they need, when they need it. It does nothing to sufficiently halt spiraling prescription drug costs—once again breaking the president’s promises. It attacks Medicaid and Medicare, threatens women’s right to choose, assails workforce training programs, and proposes massive cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services. And it fails to cure healthcare workforce shortages.

“You’d think Trump would’ve got the message after Americans, and Congress, rejected his attempt to kill the Affordable Care Act. Now that he’s refloating the same tired plans, the AFT and our allies will marshal all resources at our disposal to ensure he’s defeated again.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.