A Year Ago Today, Trump And Republicans Celebrated Repeal That Would Kick Millions Off Their Health
May 4, 2018
A year ago today, Trump and House Republicans showed their true colors when they gleefully celebrated passing a bill that would have kicked millions of Americans off their health care plans and sent premiums skyrocketing, all while giving massive handouts to the wealthy. Unfortunately, Republicans didn't stop with their failed health care repeal bills and continue to sabotage the Affordable Care Act every chance they get. Voters are already holding Republicans accountable, and with polls showing that health care is a top issue, they will continue to do so come November.
Today is the one-year anniversary of Trump and House Republicans prematurely celebrating their health care repeal bill:
Here’s a look back at the potential consequences that Trump and congressional Republicans saw fit to celebrate over the course of the past year:
- Kicking as many as 23 million Americans off their health care while giving huge giveaways to the country’s mega-rich.
- Putting nearly one-fifth of the economy and jobs across the country at risk.
- Hundreds of billions of dollars in Medicaid cuts that would jeopardize services for everyone from children to retirees, and trigger widespread layoffs.
- Undermining the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, which would mean insurers could once again impose annual or lifetime limits.
- Trump breaking his promises to voters, including that “we’re going to have insurance for everybody” that’s “much less expensive and much better.”
Trump and Republicans continue to sabotage the Affordable Care Act every chance they get:
- Trump’s repeated attempts to sabotage the ACA have resulted in millions fewer insured Americans and higher health care premiums.
- Trump and Republicans have repeatedly sought to use regulatory changes and waivers to undermine the ACA’s coverage gains, Medicaid expansion and pre-existing condition protections.
- Trump’s first Health and Human Services secretary, Tom Price, even acknowledged that changes to the ACA that Republicans slipped into their GOP tax scam would raise the cost of health care for older and sicker Americans.
Health care is a top issue for voters, and they are already holding Republicans accountable:
- The top concern of Americans is the availability and affordability of health care.
- Health care was a top issue for voters in special congressional elections from Pennsylvania to Arizona, helping Democrats close the gap in deep red districts.
- Virginia voters identified health care as their top issue last November, helping to boost Democrats to a sweep of statewide races and a wave of pickups in the House of Delegates.