Azar Remarks on Trump Administration’s Healthcare Vision

September 05, 2019 by Alec Stone MA, MPA, Former ONS Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy
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Alec Stone MA, MPA, ONS Public Affairs Director

Health care is a top domestic issue for U.S. voters (, and the president is speaking more and more about his administration’s plans to find accessible, affordable healthcare options for millions of Americans. Speaking this summer at the Better Medicare Alliance in Washington, DC, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar outlined three key points ( where the Trump administration plans to improve health care.

“Better health is the fundamental goal of the vision President Trump has for our healthcare system. He understands the vital importance that health holds for every American. He has a particular vision for health care: a system with affordable, personalized care, a system that puts you in control, provides peace of mind, and treats you like a human being, not a number,” Azar said. “There are three cross-cutting platforms where this administration is working to deliver on this, regardless of how their health care is financed: reforming the financing of care, deriving better value from that care, and improving health in specific, impactable areas.”

The president’s vision provides solutions that could affect millions of Americans seeking a better healthcare experience. But as soaring medication costs (, access to health services, rising uninsured rates (, and questions concerning pre-existing condition coverage continue to swirl in voters’ minds, outlining how the president plans to accomplish his vision is a crucial next step. With legislative efforts gridlocked, neither side looks willing to agree on health care’s future.

As the 2020 presidential push brings new models and campaign promises ( to forefront of the conversation, bipartisan collaboration on health care is unlikely until the election is over. Wherever the healthcare conversation goes, ONS and its dedicated advocates will work alongside lawmakers and elected officials to ensure accessible, affordable care is available to patients with cancer. Share your expertise and find your seat at the table through ONS’s Center for Advocacy and Health Policy (

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