ADA Laying Out Strategy for 2017
November 16, 2016
ADA Washington Office staff is working to determine legislative and regulatory priorities for 2017. A Trump administration, combined with a Republican-controlled Congress, presents a number of opportunities for the Association, particularly in the area of federal regulations. On the other hand, federal dental programs whose funding the ADA has supported over the years may be in danger of cuts. President-elect Donald Trump has said that, in seeking to reduce government expenses overall, he would protect, and perhaps expand, spending in some areas, like defense, homeland security and public health.
Republicans expect to start work on their long-time goal of repealing the Affordable Care Act. How that will play out is still in question. Republican leaders, including the incoming Trump Administration, must reconcile the conservative hatred of Obamacare with the practical limitations—and political ramifications—of repealing the law wholesale. More likely are piecemeal repeals, targeting the individual and employer mandate, Medicaid expansion and all the taxes imposed by the law.