The new Trump presidency is shaping up to be one of the most consequential yet, and many of the key issues are being hotly debated.
As the president prepares to take office, we take a look at what you need to know about the Trump administration.
Here are five key topics to keep an eye out for:Health careA few weeks after the election, the president has declared that the Affordable Care Act is a disaster.
While some Republicans, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are calling for the repeal, many others say it will be a step in the right direction for the country.
The ACA has been under intense scrutiny by the president and his allies since he first announced his plans to pull the plug on the health care law in October.
“The American people need to be assured that they can keep their insurance plans and they can get what they need, when they need it,” Trump said in a recent radio interview.
“If we can get it done, then we should be able to have the kind of health care we want.”
Presidential appointmentsThere’s a lot at stake in the future of the Affordable Act, and Trump has been busy assembling a cabinet that he hopes will be supportive of his vision for America.
A number of Cabinet members have been involved in the healthcare overhaul, including former President Barack Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn.
Trump has already signed several executive orders that aim to dismantle parts of the law, but he hasn’t made the same moves to dismantle the healthcare law itself.
The president has said he wants to make healthcare affordable for all Americans, and he has proposed slashing regulations to make health care more efficient and to give people the ability to stay on their parents’ insurance plans.
The president is expected to unveil his first executive order on health care this week, and some conservative Republicans have called for a swift repeal of the ACA.
But some Democrats have said that they would prefer to see the healthcare plan move forward, rather than be thrown into chaos.
As with everything in the administration, there are always questions about how Trump plans to move forward.
A recent CNN/ORC poll found that 52 percent of Americans say the health law is “bad,” and 54 percent say it is “not working.”
And a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that 61 percent of respondents believe the health plan is “unworkable,” and just 19 percent said it’s “working.”
What you need read on Health CareThe Republican healthcare plan: A look at how it would impact you and your familyA plan to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a more affordable alternative to Medicaid and Medicare, which the Affordable Healthcare Act requires people to purchase through a government insurance program, would cost $337 billion over a decade, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis.
It would also leave 20 million Americans without health insurance.
But according to the Kaiser Family Health Tracking Poll, a majority of Americans (56 percent) said that the repeal of Obamacare and the replacement plan would have a positive impact on their health.
That’s not to say that Republicans would win over many Americans, who would likely continue to oppose their plans for more government control over health care.
But the health reform plan would not be the first time the president’s administration has taken aim at the health insurance law.
In December, President Trump signed an executive order that stripped health insurance from people who do not have a job and would force them to purchase private health insurance through an Obamacare exchange.
He has since threatened to do the same to people who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and to the disabled, who have to purchase insurance through the state-based marketplace.
And the administration is still mulling a similar plan that would force people to buy insurance through their employers.
If Trump’s healthcare plans do go forward, it will likely come at the expense of the tax system.
According to a 2017 report by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, repealing the Affordable Exchange and other elements of the healthcare reform law would add $716 billion to the federal deficit over the next decade.
The biggest impact, however, is likely to be on taxes.
The Tax Policy center estimated that repealing the ACA would add about $2.2 trillion to the budget deficit over 10 years.
That’s because repealing the law would have tax increases for the wealthy and corporations, and it would add trillions to the national debt.
But there are also plenty of positives to take from the repeal plan, including the reduction in insurance premiums for many.
Premiums for private plans will be significantly lower than they are today, thanks to the Affordable Affordable Care Acts cuts to the tax code, according a study by the Kaiser Health News.
The health care overhaul has also helped drive down the cost of health insurance for many, with the average family spending $4,500 less on premiums than they would have without the repeal and replace plans, according the Congressional Budget Office.
That should also help alleviate some of the anxiety that some Americans are feeling over their