3 Million Americans Lost Health Insurance in Trump’s 1st Year

SCHIZO BAELEY (enclave arc) 🦅
5 min readJan 26, 2018

BAILEY T. STEEN | FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2018

If you like your doctor, don’t look to the president if you want to keep your doctor. According to new Gallup data released last Tuesday, the stock market isn’t the only area hitting record numbers during the Trump administration: over 3.2 million American citizens have been left without any form of health insurance, the largest single-year decrease in coverage since the 2010 implementation of The Affordable Care Act (often nicknamed “Obamacare”).

Undoubtedly healthcare will be a defining issue plaguing the president and his party come 2018 and 2020. Pew Research studies heading into the 2016 general election found healthcare to be America’s 4th most vital issue, with around 74% citing this as a “very important” factor in securing their vote.

This leaves the critical eye of the masses on Republican politics regarding Obamacare, the policy they happen to be gutting under voter’s noses. It was the president and company who failed on delivering a “repeal and replace”, unable to secure the votes of both the staunchly libertarian freedom caucus and the more statist, pro-medicaid expansion RINO Republicans.

Such a defeat in Congress left the right-wing’s undermining efforts as a job for other bills, such as the recently passed tax cuts. Passed with a 33% approval rating — a negative if I’ve ever seen one — this Trump tax bill successfully managed a swift repeal of the individual mandate.

Once a healthcare method that was the Republican stance, evidenced through the comments of former Senator Bob Dole, the 2012 Republican candidate Mitt Romney and the right-wing think-tank The Heritage Foundation, this was what held the ACA in tact.

If you have a healthcare plan, you pay your premiums and other requirements (which comes at a higher and higher cost every year), whereas if you don’t have a plan, you get fined about 2.5% of your total household income by the government (between $695 and $2,085 in 2017 adjusted for inflation).

The right-wing argument for the latter being unjust is sound, considering it’s a fine for not buying things you can’t afford or simply don’t want. It’s a fair case and the Trump repeal…

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SCHIZO BAELEY (enclave arc) 🦅

27, anxious writer, depressed gamer, bisexual lover, baratheon loyalist, L to the OG enjoyer, emma d'arcy fan acc, chicanery socialism, (any/all)