Fact Sheet: Trump’s Broken Promises Loom Large over Pennsylvania
April 29, 2017
During his first 100 days in office, Trump has broken his campaign pledges, and has instead pushed an agenda that would devastate middle-class and working families in Pennsylvania.
As Trump visits Pennsylvania tonight, here’s how his proposals would impact Pennsylvanians:
Trump’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act would threaten care for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who are now insured:
· 479,000 Pennsylvanians who were previously uninsured gained coverage under the ACA
· Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate dropped by over a third from 10.2% to 6.4% after the ACA took effect
· 5,489,162 Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions could have been denied coverage before the ACA went into effect
· 702,800 Pennsylvanians have benefited from Medicaid expansion in PA
Trump got elected on the backs of manufacturing communities – now he’s turned his back on them.
· Trump’s budget would eliminate the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), helped create 2,600 jobs and retain 7,500 more in Pennsylvania last fiscal year.
· The ARC also provides job training for cybersecurity, software development, commercial truck driving, and other careers.
· Trump broke his promise to get tough on trade with China, which has flooded U.S. markets with cheap Chinese– putting Pennsylvania steelworkers out of work.
Trump’s budget would hurt students from kindergarten to higher ed by cutting:
· $93 million in teacher development funding
· $42 million for after school programs and meals for low-income students
· $37 million in college aid
· 75,000 Philadelphians would lose heating assistance during the cold winter months
· 18 Counties would lose funding to legal aid
· Trump’s budget would restrict Meals on Wheels, a program that helps feed hungry seniors
· Trump’s cuts to the EPA would threaten Pennsylvanians’ access to clean drinking water