The House’s American Health Care Act does more than roll back Obamacare: it ends a Medicaid program that works. It’s the single most effective form of “government” insurance that secures health care options for 62.3 million Americans.
Language President Trump attached to his recent signing of the omnibus spending bill that just passed Congress targets federal programs that serve American Indians, Alaska Natives, as well as those that fund historically black colleges.
Congress has a spending plan that rejects many of President Trump’s priorities. It also includes more money for federal Indian programs. But remember: it’s only enough money to fund government operations through the end of September.
Can President Donald J. Trump and the Republicans actually govern? As we near the 100th day mark the answer has been a loud “no” so far. Republicans will once again try for high-profile wins, but may run into brick walls.
There's a story many tribal communities know: companies come in and promise jobs. Once the resource is consumed, the company disappears, leaving toxic waste. Once there were at least jobs cleaning up the mess. Now even these jobs are gone.
The story of Alaska and Montana is not front and center in the health-care debate in the House, but it should be. Both states get a raw deal under the GOP's plan, and Montana doesn't even get a vote.
Trump's "America First" budget brings significant harm to the First Americans. It may force cuts of as much as 18 percent to the Indian Health Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and other programs that are vital to our life.
Trump's plans to defund the EPA, State Department, Department of Energy, and domestic violence agencies to raise $54 billion for new military spending will hit Native Americans especially hard.
The showdown over the North Dakota Access Pipeline is is now a test of the federal courts. Will that institution follow the order of the acting secretary, and the president of the United States?
Trump's plan calls for a reduction of $10.5 trillion in spending over the next decade. Except he calls for an increase in military spending meaning that domestic programs would have to take even bigger cuts in order to reach the total.
President-elect Donald Trump and Congress are moving quickly to reshape health care, including the Indian Health system. And so far the path looks to be chaotic.
Across Indian Country there are rallies, phone banks, forums, and social media pitches that are repeating one message, vote. Native American voters can make the difference in key states from the presidential race to county commissions.