If You Think Wealthcare Bills in Congress are Bad for Rural Americans, Wait Until You See the Kind of Devastation Repeal Alone Would Cause

Remember when President Trump promised he wouldn’t repeal Obamacare without replacing it with something immediately? Well, we can add that whopper to his growing list of broken promises made to Americans. Yep, he apparently bamboozled us again.

Now make no mistake about it, the House and Senate bills that would replace Obamacare would cripple Rural America, leaving at least 22 million Americans without health insurance and forcing millions more to pay higher deductibles for less less coverage. The only thing worse would be to repeal Obamacare without even trying to protect at least a few working and middle class Americans from losing their health care. Yet that’s just what Trump proposed today, much to the delight of some defiant GOP lawmakers from Rural States.

Some 18 million people would lose health insurance within the first year of a straight up repeal, and almost twice as many would lose coverage in the next 10 years, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the official referee that determines impact of legislative action in Congress.

Once again, it’s Rural America that would be among hardest hit by such action.

So why would anyone be mean enough to hurt some of the very people who voted for them in the last election? That’s simple: as a lot of us have come to realize, it’s to give the wealthiest Americans a tax cut at the expense of working and middle class Americans.

There are two things that repeal alone and repeal and replace have in common: they both cripple Rural America, and they both give the rich a nearly $1 trillion tax cut.

What are they thinking? Well, who knows? So when your congressmen and senators go home for recess this summer, let them know they need to start thinking about Rural Americans, not just the rich, fat-cat, city-slickers they want to take care at our expense.

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