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CDC report shows millions of Americans were losing health insurance before COVID-19

September 30, 2020 in Blogs

By Walter Einenkel

During last night’s debate, one of the places where Joe Biden was able to cut through the strange excitable barking that was going on to his right was during the somehow interminable, somehow brief, debate question surrounding the health insurance. During that section, Biden attempted to explain the need to rebuild the Affordable Care Act and improve upon it while Donald Trump literally just barked out words like “socialist,” and lied about making insulin as “cheap as water.”

The most glaring point, something that even moderator Chris Wallace wasn’t able to hide, was that Donald Trump continues to have zero plans or ideas for replacing the health insurance that will be lost if the ACA is fully dismantled. As it is, the problem of high health insurance coverage wasn’t fixed by the first iteration of the ACA and a lot more work needs to be done. The Republican Party and Trump are not up for that task and after almost four years in office, matters have only gotten worse. Biden pointed that out that Trump and his Republicans have no interest in creating affordable health care. In fact, they have been doing quite the opposite. Trump would “never look you in the eye and tell you he wants to take it away. He wants to take it away.”

Before the novel coronavirus pandemic hit our shores and spread due to corrupt and impotent federal policy makers, people were losing their health insurance. The CDC released a report this month, which looked into rising numbers of uninsured Americans. Here’s what they found: “In 2019, 14.5% of adults aged 18–64 were uninsured in the United States.” The Hill reports that this is up from the previous year’s number of 13.3%. In total, between 2018 and 2019 at least 2.5 million people became uninsured under Trump and the Republican Party’s magical thinking, nonexistent plan. The number one reason people were losing their insurance was because it had become unaffordable.

Some other awful numbers the CDC released is that under Trump the people who have lost their insurance because of cost increased based on age, “from 66.8% among those aged 18–29 to 80.9% among those aged 50–64.” And, of course, as Biden pointed out, Trump’s activities as president have disproportionately hurt communities of color more than anyone else, with …read more


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