President Trump and his Republican allies have spent years systematically sabotaging seniors’ health care, but now more than ever, their lives are on the line. Between undermining Medicaid enrollment to proposing steep Medicare budget cuts to attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump has done nothing but cause older adults to lose coverage and to pay higher costs for care. At a time when millions of uninsured Americans are facing the possibility of coronavirus and devastating health care bills, the need for a strong health care safety net has never been more important. More than 30 million people nationwide have already lost their jobs and an estimated 27 million have lost their employer-sponsored coverage as a result of the crisis. This figure is only expected to skyrocket: economists have estimated that up to 43 million people could lose their job-based coverage during the pandemic. Unfortunately, President Trump has eroded America’s health care safety net, which will undoubtedly devastate families and hamper efforts to curb the spread of this deadly disease.
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