Red States are Hit the Hard by Trumpcare Cuts to Insurance Pools

Graphic: Center for Rural Affairs

You know Trumpcare goes too far when even Republicans and Red States start complaining that it hurts their voters most of all. Such is the case with Trump’s decision to end payments that help working Americans offset out-of-pocket medical costs.

Now don’t be confused by who gets hurt by Trumpcare removing insurance subsidies from the marketplace. Trumpcare will surely mean low-income Rural Americans lose healthcare, but just about everyone else will have to pay higher premiums, too, because the federal government is no longer contributing to the coverage pools.

So far 18 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia) are suing to block the move.

“The number of uninsured Americans will increase once again, hurting vulnerable individuals and directly burdening the states,” according to the lawsuit. “The unlawful refusal to make (federal cost-sharing reduction) reimbursement payments will also substantially complicate the States’ efforts to administer their healthcare markets and in some instances leave consumers with no health plan to access despite their federal entitlements under the ACA.”

Expect the federal court based in California to act swiftly since the next monthly federal reimbursement is due Oct. 18. Trump’s failure to make the payment would almost immediately disrupt insurance markets.

“Indeed, across the nation, there are 1,472 counties with only one insurer. The Administration’s refusal to make (federal cost-sharing reduction) reimbursement payments will cause some insurers to pull out of the market, leaving many counties vulnerable and without health insurance coverage,” the lawsuit states.

Not surprisingly, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a powerful voice for Rural America, became the first Republican to outright oppose the new Trumpcare measure. Expect to see more join the opposition as folks discover how unnecessarily dangerous Trumpcare is to Americans’ well being and the overall economy, too.

(Note: Item was updated with latest links and graphic)

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