Trump Puts Americans’ Health at Risk

This week, Donald Trump has put Americans’ health at risk and continued to push insurers to increase costs, all while he advocates for a health care repeal that would reduce access to coverage for low-income families. Trump’s actions are not only dangerous; they are wildly unpopular.

  • A new poll released today shows that 84% of Americans, including 71% of Republicans, think federal funding for Medicaid expansion should continue. Trump’s health care repeal would significantly reduce federal funding to Medicaid expansion states.

Kaiser Family Foundation: “The House bill would significantly reduce federal funding to states that expanded their Medicaid programs to low-income adults under the ACA. A vast majority (84%) of the public say it is important that states that received federal funds to expand Medicaid continue to receive those funds under any replacement plan. This includes large majorities of Democrats (93%), independents (83%) and Republicans (71%).”

  • Health experts say that Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement could help “fuel the spread of infectious disease and increase the incidence of certain cancers.”

Los Angeles Times: “But the people who pay attention to public health want to remind you that a warmer planet will bring more air pollution, fuel the spread of infectious diseases and increase the incidence of certain cancers, among many other things.”

  • Trump continues to create uncertainty in health insurance markets across the country, which could cause premiums to increase.

Pennsylvania Lancaster Online: “Pennsylvania health insurers are requesting 2018 premium increases averaging 8.8 percent for individual plans — but that's only if the Affordable Care Act stays as it is…If the federal government repeals the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department said, the insurers would request a 23.3 percent increase.”

Ohio “Companies including Medical Mutual of Ohio, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Akron-based Summa and Canton-based AultCare have no firm idea how much to charge — and it's not because of the healthcare bill stirring up so much dust among the public. Rather, it's because of a political calculation by President Donald Trump over an arcane feature of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.”

North Carolina CNBC: “North Carolina's largest health insurer is warning its Obamacare members that it may have to hike rates more than 20 percent for the second year in a row, and the reason has everything to do with mixed messages from Washington over subsidy funding.”

  • Americans who are susceptible to gaps in coverage, particularly those with pre-existing conditions, fear the financial consequences under Trump and the GOP’s repeal.

Associated Press: “Under the bill, people who go without insurance for even just a couple of months — whether because of a job loss, a divorce, a serious illness that leaves them unable to work, or some other reason — could face sharply higher premiums if they try to sign up again for coverage, especially if they have a pre-existing condition. Some might find themselves priced out of the market… Heidi Varner, of Midland Township, Michigan, said her first break in coverage came after a divorce. She worked part-time jobs while raising three daughters but could not afford her own insurance. She went without coverage for a decade despite having been treated for cervical cancer while on her husband’s plan. She skipped mammograms and other screenings. The 61-year-old had insurance for roughly eight years while working for the American Cancer Society but was laid off in September. She acquired insurance two months later through Michigan’s expansion of Medicaid, which was made possible by the Affordable Care Act. Varner said a law that penalizes people for coverage gaps would be out of step with the times.”