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Don’t Expect to Hear the Truth About President Trump’s Disastrous and Unpopular Health Care Record at Tonight’s Rally in New Hampshire

By February 10, 2020No Comments

Washington, DC — President Trump’s rally in Manchester, New Hampshire tonight comes after years of his relentless war on health care and his own polling that shows his health care record is deeply unpopular. Ahead of Trump’s rally, Protect Our Care Chairman Leslie Dach released the following statement:

“Granite Staters won’t hear the truth about President Trump’s disastrous and unpopular health care record at his rally tonight. President Trump continues to lie at his rallies every time he claims that he has ‘saved’ protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The truth is the president’s disastrous Texas lawsuit would strip protections from over half a million Granite Staters with pre-existing conditions. And today, he released his budget that cuts Medicaid by hundreds of millions of dollars, taking coverage away from millions including seniors, children and veterans. New Hampshire is sick and tired of President Trump and Republicans relentless war on their health care.”


Granite Staters Would Lose Their Coverage

  • 89,000 Granite Staters could lose coverage. According to the Urban Institute, 89,000 Granite Staters would lose coverage by repealing the Affordable Care Act, leading to a 136 percent increase in the uninsured rate.
  • 9,000 New Hampshire young adults with their parents’ coverage could lose care. Because of the Affordable Care Act, millions of young adults are able to stay on their parents’ care until age 26.
  • New Hampshire children could lose their coverage. Almost three million children nationwide gained coverage thanks to the ACA. If the law is overturned, many of these children will lose their insurance.
  • 3,300 New Hampshire Latinos could lose coverage. The percentage of people gaining health insurance under the ACA was higher for Latinos than for any other racial or ethnic group in the country. According to a study from Families USA, 5.4 million Latinos nationwide would lose coverage if the lawsuit succeeds in overturning the ACA.
  • Granite Staters would lose important federal health care funding — an estimated reduction of $366 million in the first year. The Urban Institute estimates that a full repeal of the ACA would reduce federal spending on Granite Staters’ Medicaid/CHIP care and Marketplace subsidies by $366 million. 

Insurance Companies Would Be Put Back In Charge, Ending Protections For The 135 Million People Nationwide With A Pre-Existing Condition

  • According to a recent analysis by the Center for American Progress, roughly half of nonelderly Americans, or as many as 135 million people, have a pre-existing condition. This includes:
    • 44 million people who have high blood pressure
    • 45 million people who have behavioral health disorders
    • 44 million people who have high cholesterol
    • 34 million people who have asthma and chronic lung disease
    • 34 million people who have osteoarthritis and other joint disorders

571,300 Granite Staters have a pre-existing condition, including 61,600 New Hampshire children, 270,000 New Hampshire women, and 162,700 Granite Staters between ages 55 and 64. 

Insurance Companies Would Have The Power To Charge You More, While Their Profits Soar

  • 690,524 Granite Staters Could Once Again Have To Pay For Preventive Care. Because of the ACA, health plans must cover preventive services — like flu shots, cancer screenings, contraception, and mammograms – at no cost to consumers. This includes nearly 690,524 Granite Staters, most of whom have employer coverage.
  • 31,179 Granite Staters in the Marketplaces Would Pay More for Coverage. If the Trump-GOP lawsuit is successful, consumers would no longer have access to tax credits that help them pay their marketplace premiums, meaning roughly nine million people who receive these tax credits to pay for coverage will have to pay more, including 31,179 in New Hampshire.
  • 21,150 New Hampshire Seniors Could Have to Pay More for Prescription Drugs. If the Trump-GOP lawsuit is successful, seniors could have to pay more for prescription drugs because the Medicare “donut” hole would be reopened. From 2010 to 2016, “More than 11.8 million Medicare beneficiaries have received discounts over $26.8 billion on prescription drugs – an average of $2,272 per beneficiary,” according to a January 2017 CMS report. In New Hampshire, 21,150 seniors each saved an average of $1,139.
  • Reinstate Lifetime and Annual Limits On 545,000 Privately Insured Granite Staters. Repealing the Affordable Care Act means insurance companies would be able to impose annual and lifetime limits on coverage for those insured through their employer or on the individual market.

Medicaid Expansion Would Be Repealed

  • 57,000 Granite Staters Enrolled Through Medicaid Expansion Could Lose Coverage. Seventeen million people have coverage through the expanded Medicaid program, including 57,000 in New Hampshire. 
  • Access To Treatment Would Be In Jeopardy For 800,000 People With Opioid Use Disorder. Roughly four in ten, or 800,000 people with an opioid use disorder are enrolled in Medicaid. Many became eligible through Medicaid expansion.
  • Key Support For Rural Hospitals Would Disappear, leaving New Hampshire hospitals with $234 million more in uncompensated care.