Coronavirus Kicked 27 Million Off Their Health Care
May 13, 2020
27 million Amerians have likely lost their health care because of the coronavirus. Many are still able to get coverage through Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, yet Trump is fighting to take that access to care away.
Coronavirus forced 27 million Americans off their health insurance.
Axios: “Roughly 27 million people have likely have lost job-based health coverage since the coronavirus shocked the economy, according to new estimates from the Kaiser Family Foundation.”
Many of those Americans are able to get coverage through Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.
Axios: “Roughly half are eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Another third are eligible for subsidized health plans on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces.”
Yet Trump is still fighting in court to overturn the ACA and take away the Medicaid safety net for millions of Americans.
Politico: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday said his administration will urge the Supreme Court to overturn Obamacare, maintaining its all-out legal assault on the health care law amid a pandemic that will drive millions of more Americans to depend on its coverage.”
Politico: “About 20 million people have been covered by Obamacare, and the law is expected to provide a major safety net during the economic freefall brought on by the coronavirus. Millions more are expected to join the Medicaid rolls, especially in states that joined Obamacare’s expansion to poor adults.”
Trump’s failed response has already weakened Medicaid by skimping on aid for Medicaid providers to the benefit of large medical systems.
Los Angeles Times: “The Trump administration’s program to aid hospitals and doctors on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis is leaving behind the nation’s Medicaid safety net — the pediatricians, mental health providers and hospitals that serve the poorest patients. That result is likely to deepen inequalities in America’s healthcare system as tens of billions of dollars of federal assistance go primarily to large medical systems that serve higher-income patients with Medicare or private health insurance.”