What will Donald Trump’s presidency mean for health? A scorecard

by Martin McKee, Scott L Greer, David Stuckler
The Lancet – Published: 18 January 2017

7 pp. 365 kB
http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(17)30122-8.pdf

US Presidents make their mark on health, for better or worse. Donald Trump campaigned on a populist platform to “make America great again”. His proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with a “better reform”, his stance on reproductive rights, and his approaches to other areas, such as science policy and climate change, coupled with his stated intention to put “America first” are creating anxiety and uncertainty about America’s domestic health policies and its global leadership role in areas such as security and development. The authors propose criteria on which the global health community can judge the success or failure of a Trump presidency, based on a selection of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that apply to health.

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