The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

The number of Americans without health insurance increased by almost 2 million, from 25.6 million in 2017 to 27.5 million in 2018, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

The percentage of Americans without health insurance increased from 7.9 percent to 8.5 percent, the first such increase recorded since the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented, according to the New York Times.

Experts told the Times that Donald Trump’s efforts to undermine the ACA played a role in fewer Americans having health insurance.

In the past, Trump has sought to sabotage the ACA by drastically cutting back efforts to help qualified individuals sign up for health care through the federal marketplace. President Obama’s administration spent $62.5 million on this effort, and the Trump administration cut that funding to only $10 million. The Trump administration also cut almost the entire advertising budget allotted for educating Americans on their options for getting health insurance.

“The latest Census numbers prove once again that the Trump-GOP sabotage agenda continues to wreak havoc on American health care and prevent Americans from getting the coverage they need,” Leslie Dach, chair of Protect Our Care, a health care advocacy group, said in a statement after the news broke.

“With their ongoing lawsuit to overturn the health care law, sabotage of open enrollment and promotion of junk insurance plans, Republicans have purposefully created chaos and uncertainty in our health care system. As a result of their sabotage, nearly 2 million more Americans were uninsured last year,” Dach said.

Trump and Republican officials in several states are now engaged in a lawsuit to completely repeal the ACA. If Republicans are successful in their efforts, 20 million Americans will lose their health care. Further, millions of Americans with preexisting conditions could be forced to pay more for health care.

“By undermining the ACA at every turn, Trump has achieved his goal of leaving more Americans without access to quality, affordable health insurance,” Rep. Judy Chu (D-MD) told Shareblue.

Under the ACA, health insurance companies cannot deny health insurance to people with preexisting conditions, nor charge those individuals more for health care. Trump’s efforts to get rid of the ACA are “exactly the opposite” of protecting people with preexisting conditions, according to Politifact. Republicans have vowed to destroy the ACA if they regain power after the 2020 election.

“Rather than taking care to faithfully execute the laws, Donald Trump has done everything in his power to sabotage and demolish the Affordable Care Act,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), told Shareblue Media. “The GOP would like to give the ACA the guillotine and are trying to destroy it in court. In the meantime, they are putting it into a bureaucratic straitjacket and two million more Americans face the medical uncertainties of life without insurance. Another public health scandal brought to you by Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell.”

Published with permission of The American Independent.

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Mark Levin

Politico reported Friday that John Eastman, the disgraced ex-law professor who formulated many of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, was also apparently in communication with Fox News host Mark Levin. The story gets even more interesting from there, revealing the shell game that right-wing media personalities engage in while doubling as political operatives.

A legal filing by Eastman’s attorneys reveals that, among the messages Eastman is still attempting to conceal from the House January 6 committee are 12 pieces of correspondence with an individual matching Levin’s description as “a radio talk show host, is also an attorney, former long-time President (and current board chairman) of a public interest law firm, and also a former fellow at The Claremont Institute.” Other details, including a sloppy attempt to redact an email address, also connect to Levin, who did not respond to Politico’s requests for comment.

Keep reading... Show less

Sen. Wendy Rogers

Youtube Screenshot

There have been powerful indicators of the full-bore radicalization of the Republican Party in the past year: the 100-plus extremist candidates it fielded this year, the apparent takeover of the party apparatus in Oregon, the appearance of Republican officials at white nationalist gatherings. All of those are mostly rough gauges or anecdotal evidence, however; it’s been difficult to get a clear picture of just how deeply the extremism has penetrated the party.

Using social media as a kind of proxy for their real-world outreach—a reasonable approach, since there are few politicians now who don’t use social media—the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights decided to get a clearer picture of the reach of extremist influences in official halls of power by examining how many elected officials participate in extremist Facebook groups. What it found was deeply troubling: 875 legislators in all 50 states, constituting nearly 22% of all elected GOP lawmakers, identified as participating members of extremist Facebook groups.

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}