Health Care Debate Should Also Focus on Jobs in Indian Country

Medicaid is a major job creator for women, supporting at least 3 million direct jobs.The Indian Health Service is the single largest employer in Indian Country. Preserving these jobs should be a priority in the health care debate.
Mark Trahant
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How to Destroy the Economy With 50 Votes

Every member of the Senate Republican caucus agrees on cutting taxes; that’s the fuel that keeps their health repeal bill moving forward. Not all agree about cutting Medicaid. Some will vote against what their own voters and states want.
Mark Trahant
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Trump Reality Show Distracts From Dismantling Medicaid

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.
Mark Trahant

Trump ‘Signing’ Statement Risks Funding for All Tribal Housing

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.
Mark Trahant

Congress Saves Budget Fights for Another Day

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.
Mark Trahant

Alaska, Montana & Indian Health Benefits Under Fire

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.
Mark Trahant

Trump Budget Brings Harsh Cuts to Indian Country

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.
Mark Trahant

A Dramatic Restructuring of Government, Budget Cuts Ahead

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.
Mark Trahant