Trump Turns His Back On His Supporters, Pro-Trump States Most Affected By His New Healthcare Decision
Donald Trump was not thinking about his supporters when he decided to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act that was benefiting roughly 6 million Americans.
According to The Associated Press, 70% of the people benefiting from the cost-sharing subsidies live in states that Trump won during the election.
What Trump’s plan does is stop funding to insurers which will cause them to raise premiums substantially, potentially putting coverage out of reach for many consumers.
Some insurers may decide to bail out of markets altogether.
“I woke up, really, in horror,” said Alice Thompson, 62, an environmental consultant from the Milwaukee area who purchases insurance on Wisconsin’s federally run health insurance exchange.
Speaking with reporters, Thompson said that she expects to pay 30 to 50 percent more per year for her monthly premium.
Wisconsin officials have predicted that the federal subsidy would end when they approved premium rate increases averaging 36 percent for the coming year.
States that voted for Trump will be most affected by his decision. Of the 10 states with the highest percentage of consumers benefiting from cost-sharing, all but one went for Trump.
According to an analysis of 2017 enrollment data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 4 million people residing in 30 states that Trump carried were benefiting from the cost-sharing payments.