While taking a shot a Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Trump bragged that he gutted Obamacare. The result of his gutting is that 4 million people lost their health insurance.
Trump said, “Repeal and replace Obamacare. It was done until early in the morning a man walked in and he said, thumbs down, thumbs down. That was not good, and nobody knew he was going to do that. He campaigned on repeal and replace. He campaigned for years, repeal and replace, repeal and replace. Nobody talked to him. Nobody needed to. It was a done deal. And then he walked in, thumbs down. It’s all right. Because we’ve essentially gutted it anyway, and we now have really good stuff coming.”
Trump is taking credit for 4 million people losing access to health care
According to a study by the Commonwealth Fund, four million working-age Americans have lost their health insurance under Trump, “The uninsured rate among working-age people — that is, those who are between 19 and 64 — is at 15.5 percent, up from 12.7 percent in 2016, meaning an estimated 4 million people lost coverage. Rates were up significantly compared with 2016 among adults with lower incomes — those living in households earning less than 250 percent of poverty (about $30,000 for an individual and $61,000 for a family of four).”
Trump is happy that premiums are skyrocketing and millions of people have lost their coverage. The really good stuff that Trump claimed was on the way is the choice between not having health insurance or Trumpcare junk plan that won’t cover anything.
Donald Trump views destruction and causing harm as an achievement. He is proud that he has hurt millions of people, and caused premiums to go up for exponentially more. Health care is a powerful issue for Democrats in the midterm election because Trump had to break what was working.
If this is the kind of “achievement” that Republicans are going to run on in November, they should clean out their offices, because the blue wave will sweep them out of power.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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