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Beyond Obamacare: How Trump’s Cabinet Picks Could Affect Americans’ Health

12.14.2016

It’s hard to deny that President-elect Donald Trump and the incoming GOP Congress could change the face of American health care in significant ways. From Trump’s ardent opposition to Obamacare to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s—and Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services(HHS), Rep. Tom Price’s—support for both repealing the law and scaling back social safety net programs like Medicare and Medicaid, several of the nation’s largest entitlements may see major transformations.

But health is affected by plenty of factors beyond insurance coverage and the way that medical providers treat patients. And that’s why Trump’s choices to lead other critical, if less high-profile, organizations like the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) may also harbor consequences for Americans’ wellness.

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