If Donald Trump and the Republicans have their way, the poor will find it difficult to obtain proper health care. On March 6, Republicans issued a plan that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with a system that is less sympathetic to the poor.
According to the initial plan that was released, the plan would cut back on funding to states that cover poorer adults through the Medicaid program. Poor and lower middle-class individuals, people earning $30,000 per year or less, would also lose financial assistance.
However, the rich will receive extra benefits under the plan. The Americans who need the least amount of help will receive the most. The rich will receive subsidies that will help them buy insurance and they would also face less taxes. Also, insurance executives who earn $500,000 or more will pay less taxes.
The plan would be a total reversal of Obama’s plan which allowed the insurance to be adjusted to income. As a result, the poor and old would be affected the most.
While the nation should be angered by the new plan, it should really cause backlash in the “Rust Belt” states that helped to elect Donald Trump. Working-class Whites will also suffer under Trumpcare.
According to Urban Institute, 6.2 million non-college-educated Whites have gained insurance under Obamacare, compared with about nine million minorities. Obamacare also cut uninsured non-college-educated Whites from 20 percent in 2010 to 12 percent in 2015.
Working-class Whites will have to face the real-life consequences of putting their trust in a man who never deserved it. The entire country will be punished because of their decisions.
Trumpcare still has an uphill battle. Several Republicans are against the initial plan that will need the full support of Republicans to pass in the Senate.