From Progress Iowa: Trump’s Terrible Health Care Record

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2019

Contact: Matt Sinovic, (515) 423-0133

As Trump Officially Launches Campaign, His Terrible Record on Health Care Still Stands

Des Moines, Iowa — As President Trump announced his reelection campaign this week, his ongoing war on healthcare jeopardizes the financial security and well-being of millions of Iowans. Trump’s Texas lawsuit puts 187,000 Iowans at risk of losing their health insurance and would strip protections for 1,288,400 Iowans with a pre-existing condition. Poll after poll shows that healthcare is the top issue on voters’ minds heading into 2020, and Trump’s reckless ongoing attacks on Americans’ health care will not be forgotten.

Progress Iowa executive director and Protect Our Care Iowa state director Matt Sinovic released the following statement in response to Trump’s rally and announcement:

“Trump’s rally and announcement was an insult to the millions of Iowans who are fed up with his relentless attacks on their health care. President Trump’s sabotage agenda puts Iowans at risk of losing coverage, and if his lawsuit to eliminate our healthcare system is successful, it will strip coverage from 187,000 in our state, raise premiums, and end protections for millions more with pre-existing conditions like cancer, diabetes, or asthma. Few states stand to lose more at the hands of Trump’s war on America’s health care than Iowa, and instead of going to Orlando to play politics and vent his frustrations at a political rally, the president should explain to Iowa voters why he’s so hellbent on taking away our health care.”

BACKGROUND:

 How Trump’s Texas Lawsuit Would Devastate Iowans 

  • 187,000 Iowans Could Lose Coverage. According to the Urban Institute, 1.6 million Iowans would lose coverage by repealing the Affordable Care Act, leading to a 126 percent increase in the uninsured rate.
  • 24,000 Iowa Young Adults With Their Parents’ Coverage Could Lose Care. Because of the Affordable Care Act, millions of young adults are able to stay on their parents’ care until age 26.
  • Protections For The 1.2 Million Iowans With A Pre-Existing Condition Will End. 1,288,400 Iowans have a pre-existing condition, including 174,100 Iowa children, 642,000 Iowa women, and 319,100 Iowans between ages 55 and 64.
  • Insurance Companies Could Charge Premium Surcharges In the Six Figures. If the Trump-GOP lawsuit is successful, insurance companies would be able to charge people more because of a pre-existing condition. The health repeal bill the House passed in 2017 had a similar provision, and an analysis by the Center for American Progress found that insurers could charge up to $4,270 more for asthma, $17,060 more for pregnancy, $26,180 more for rheumatoid arthritis and $140,510 more for metastatic cancer.
  • Women Could Be Charged More Than Men For The Same Coverage. Prior to the ACA, women were often charged premiums on the nongroup market of up to 50 percent higher than they charged men for the same coverage.
  • 51,596 Iowa Seniors Could Have to Pay More for Prescription Drugs. If the Trump-GOP lawsuit is successful, seniors could have to pay more for prescription drugs because the Medicare “donut” hole would be reopened. From 2010 to 2016, “More than 11.8 million Medicare beneficiaries have received discounts over $26.8 billion on prescription drugs – an average of $2,272 per beneficiary,” according to a January 2017 CMS report. In Iowa,  51,596 seniors each saved an average of $1,058.

Editor’s note: While not a focus of this article from progressiowa.org, Republicans have been trying to kill Medicare and replace it with for-profit health insurance for the elderly. If this should happen it would be a true American disaster.

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