Ahead of Donald Trump’s town hall, Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Madison Mundy released the following statement:
“During his last town hall in September, Trump peddled the same lie he’s been telling the American people for four years: that we’re right around the corner from better, more affordable health care. Tonight, we’ll likely hear more of the same empty rhetoric, but the truth is that Trump’s only plan for health care is to overturn the Affordable Care Act and rip away health care from hundreds of thousands of Nevadans. This administration has had four years to deliver on its health care promises, yet has failed at every turn. As coronavirus outbreaks in Nevada rise once again, Trump’s relentless attacks on the ACA are more dangerous than ever. That’s why this fall, Nevadans will reject Trump’s broken promises and toxic health care agenda once again.”
Tonight, we can expect more lies from Donald Trump on health care. That’s why, ahead of his town hall, Nevada Democrats are providing a fact sheet to keep Trump’s record on health care straight:
BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S BROKEN PROMISES ON HEALTH CARE
PROMISE: During Trump’s September town hall he claimed he would be “doing a health care plan” that would “protect people with pre-existing conditions.” He then said of the Democrats, “They will not do that.”
REALITY: Despite the coronavirus crisis, Trump has continued his reckless effort to dismantle the ACA without a replacement plan in place.
REALITY: If Trump’s legal assault on the ACA is successful, 309,000 Nevadans could lose their coverage in the middle of a pandemic — right when they need it the most.
REALITY: Before the ACA was implemented through Democratic leadership, Nevada’s uninsured rate was 23.5%. In 2018, that number decreased by over half to 11%.
REALITY: Many Americans left unemployed during the pandemic were able to turn to the ACA’s Medicaid expansion program to gain subsidized health insurance. The number of Nevadans on Medicaid has swelled from fewer than 644,000 in February to approximately 731,000 in August. Of those new enrollees, approximately 4 in 10 benefit from the ACA’s Medicaid expansion — and each of them are at risk of losing their coverage if Trump’s lawsuit is successful.
PROMISE: As a candidate in 2016, Trump repeatedly pledged to deliver better, more affordable health care coverage to Nevada families.
Trump: “We’re going to have health care that is so good and so much less expensive.” [Trump Campaign Rally, Las Vegas NV, 10/30/16]
Trump: “You’re gonna end up with great health care for a fraction of the price and that’s gonna take place immediately after we go in, okay, immediately. Fast, quick.” [Trump Campaign Rally, Las Vegas NV, 2/22/16]
Trump: “We’re going to win with health care. We’re going to knock out Obamacare. We’re going to come up something so much better, so much less expensive.” [Trump Campaign Rally, Sparks NV, 2/23/16]
REALITY: Trump still has no plan to replace the ACA or protect Americans’ health care.
REALITY: Instead, in the middle of a global pandemic that has sickened nearly 89,000 Nevadans, Trump is pushing through a Supreme Court nomination that could cement his effort to repeal the ACA.