WASHINGTON, DC - If you have a relative, spouse or even battled kidney cancer yourself, you know it can be a harrowing journey.
Wednesday President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed to reduce end stage kidney disease by 25% by 2030. “Many, many people are dying while they wait,” said Trump before a room of people personally impacted by the disease.
“My father had end stage renal disease and he lost the functioning of his kidneys. He had the in-center dialysis. I got to see the toll that it takes on you, the physical and mental toll going into a center 3 to 4 times a week. It’s very draining,” said Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Azar says the administration is proposing providing better care earlier, moving more people from kidney dialysis centers to in-home treatment and creating a public awareness campaign aimed to increase organ donations.
“People who have kidney disease don’t get diagnosed and treated fast enough because if we can get to people who are suffering from kidney disease early enough, we can slow down that disease progression and we can get them in the pipeline to get a transplant rather than going on dialysis,” he added.
While the administration is focusing on kidney health, the Affordable Care Act is continuing to play out in the courts. President Trump says if Obamacare is scrapped by the court, Republicans will have a plan to replace it but it could leave millions of Americans, especially those with preexisting conditions, with great uncertainty.
“The Affordable Care Act is not delivering for people. That’s the simple fact of the matter. It didn’t fulfill its promises,” said Azar.