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Medical Reversal

Donald Trump promises that he will repeal Obamacare (as the Republicans have been trying to do for a while) and replace it with a new tax deduction, certain changes to insurance markets including allowing health insurance to be sold across state lines, and converting Medicaid into a federal block grant to the states.

But a new study sponsored by the non-partisan Commonwealth Fund and carried out by the Rand Corporation concludes that Donald Trump’s replacements for Obamacare (like the tax deduction) will only help the rich, and will cause 20.2 million people to lose their health insurance. That reverses the gains made by Obamacare.

Even worse, the number of uninsured people whose health is fair or poor would triple under Trump. Generally, these people end up going to emergency rooms, the cost of which is passed on to other people in the form of higher health costs and consequently higher insurance premiums. That means that health insurance costs will rise even more under Trump’s plan.

The Associated Press had a prominent Republican expert on health care evaluate the study’s results, and he said that the overall conclusions seemed to be on target.

The same study also looked at Hillary Clinton’s proposals, which include a new tax credit for deductibles and copayments not covered by insurance, increased subsidies for people who cannot afford health insurance, and (most importantly) a “public option” health plan. The study concluded that Clinton’s plan would increase the number of people with health insurance by 9.1 million.

So do Trump’s plans save any money? Nope. Another recent non-partisan study concluded that Trump’s proposals would increase the federal debt by $5.3 trillion over the next decade. Clinton’s proposals also increase the federal debt, but by $200 billion (only 3.8% as much as Trump’s proposals).

So with Trump you get less and it costs more. And of course Trump ends up with more campaign contributions from the health insurance industry. He wins, you lose.



  1. Jonah wrote:

    Make american great again! I thought comparisons of Trump with Hitler were exaggerated but perhaps not so far fetched

    If he wins and turns out to be similar which race(s) will be affected?

    Friday, September 30, 2016 at 4:25 am | Permalink
  2. ebdoug wrote:

    A former finance minister wrote that Hitler “was so thoroughly untruthful that he could no longer recognize the difference between lies and truth” and editors of one edition of “Mein Kampf” described it as a “swamp of lies, distortions, innuendoes, half-truths and real facts.”

    Only White males will survive under Drumpf (which rhymes with Stumpf)

    Irony in Germany was it was the rich who opposed Hitler. In this country Franklin Roosevelt (one of the rich) brought this country to greatness. Work programs, welfare programs, etc.

    I was asked early on in the primaries not to Use Hitler’s name in the comments, except the parallel is too compelling not to use his name.

    Friday, September 30, 2016 at 4:48 am | Permalink
  3. JWHAT wrote:

    Does Trump have connections with organized crime, past or present? He has been a very public figure so it seems it would be hard to hide something like that but still…. Wonder if he has Russian mafia connections? Easy to believe with all of those casinos.

    This is the difference between the R party and the D party and why the Rs have pretty much taken over our government, state and local. This should be repeated over and over by the D surrogates. The Rs would do it.

    Friday, September 30, 2016 at 7:44 am | Permalink
  4. JWHAT wrote:

    And why aren’t we seeing any interest on his use of cocaine….plenty of stamina, tweeting in the middle of the night, an audible sniffle every few minutes….

    Why isn’t Hillary trusted? Because RW media (then MS media) constantly broadcasting all the lies spewed out by the right wing politicians. We need to fight fire with fire, especially now that the stakes are so high.

    Friday, September 30, 2016 at 8:48 am | Permalink