With just six days until election day, President Trump is desperately trying to spin his failed record on health care to families in the commonwealth. Pennsylvanians, however, are tired of his administration’s ineffective leadership — and nothing he says will erase some of his most egregious broken promises:
Trump’s relentless attacks on Pennsylvanians’ health care will culminate in his lawsuit to strike down the Affordable Care Act beginning in two weeks before a GOP-packed Supreme Court that, if successful, will put millions of lives in Pennsylvania at risk.
PROMISE: “We will create quality, reliable, affordable healthcare and a free market where parents can make the healthcare decisions that they really want to make for their families.” [Trump in Valley Forge, PA, 11/1/16]
PROMISE: “You’ll have great health care. Much less expense. Much lower price. You’ll be paying a fraction of what you’re paying and you’re going to get really good stuff, I can tell you.” [Trump in Hershey, PA 11/4/16]
REALITY: Trump and his Republican allies continue to try to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, despite the coronavirus pandemic — a move that could jeopardize the care for as many as 5.3 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions like asthma and diabetes.
REALITY: Trump’s handpicked Supreme Court justice will be the deciding vote on his lawsuit to dismantle the ACA that’s slated to appear before the court just one week after the election.
REALITY: Trump has also sought to undermine Medicaid by proposing over $1 trillion in cuts and pushing a block grant proposal that could cap much needed funding. These reckless proposals threaten care for as many as one-in-three children, two-in-three nursing home residents, and two-in-five individuals with disabilities in Pennsylvania.
REALITY: Trump’s effort to overturn the ACA could risk raising out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for Pennsylvania seniors on Medicare.
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Trump and Pence have downplayed the threat of the virus, ignored the advice of experts, and failed to deliver on a plan while millions of Americans have contracted the disease and over 226,000 Americans have died.
PROMISE: “Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.” [Trump on COVID-19, 2/10/20]
PROMISE: “We’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.” [Trump on COVID-19, 3/10/20]
REALITY: Nearly 8,700 Pennsylvanians have lost their lives to COVID-19 and nearly 200,000 more have contracted the virus.
REALITY: The commonwealth’s response was hindered by the Trump administration’s early testing failures. Months later, there’s still no national testing strategy in place and cases continue to rise.
REALITY: Trump wasted months by failing to ramp up medical supplies needed to keep health care workers and patients safe. As a result, nursing homes and hospitals around the Commonwealth struggled to obtain the PPE needed to keep frontline workers and patients safe.