Health care will take the spotlight again in the 2020 election. There are now new government figures that showed the number of uninsured Americans increased for the first time in nearly a decade.
Democratic presidential candidates obviously put the blame on President Trump, arguing his attacks on ObamaCare and his administration’s policies helped drive up the uninsured rate,
“20 million people gained coverage under ObamaCare. But after countless attacks on the law by the Trump administration, the uninsured rate increased for the first time since 2019,” tweeted former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic front-runner.
“As president, I’ll defend and build on the ACA.”
Approximately 2 million Americans last year became uninsured, bringing the total to 27.5 million, according to figures released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.
This was the first such increase the survey reported since 2009, when the U.S. economy was in recession and shortly before major provisions of ObamaCare took effect.
“Trump and Republicans sabotaged the Affordable Care Act at every turn,” Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) tweeted on Tuesday. “They played politics with health care and now Americans are paying the price.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who regularly polls in the top three among Democratic presidential candidates, said Trump has “lied” about strengthening the health care system.
“Instead, he has done everything he can to sabotage the Affordable Care Act,” Sanders tweeted Tuesday.
“President Trump’s cruel health care sabotage has left two million more people without health insurance, forced to live in constant fear of an accident or injury that could spell financial ruin for their families,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
But the Trump administration has held firm since the midterm elections. The White House is supporting a GOP-backed lawsuit in federal court that aims to overturn ObamaCare.
Do you think these new numbers will hurt Trump’s chances for reelection? We look forward to seeing your comments.