Washington, DC — In a newly released analysis, Avalere found at least 5 million Black and Hispanic people may lose health care coverage as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. These worsening disparities are the result of Donald Trump’s failed leadership and his never-ending attacks on health care, including his lawsuit to completely overturn the Affordable Care Act in court that would be especially devastating to Black Americans and Latinos. If successful, this lawsuit would throw our entire health care system into chaos — including further exacerbating the health disparities revealed by this analysis.
“Donald Trump has failed Black and Hispanic people in a myriad of ways, but this report makes clear that he’s costing them their lives,” said Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach. “President Trump’s failed coronavirus response has meant more people losing access to health care coverage — with Black and Hispanic people who have historically faced systemic barriers to care bearing the brunt of his policies. Additionally, Trump continues to push to dismantle the Affordable Care Act in court, which puts millions more at risk of losing health care coverage. The president’s relentless war on health care and inability to lead during this pandemic has worsened inequities for Black and Hispanic communities.”