America needs a president who tells the truth, keeps people safe, and puts the public interest first.
We need a president who can unite the country, not divide it with destructive, racist provocations.
President Trump has been a disaster for Americans’ health and rights. His insensitivity and ignorance have spawned attempts to take away access to health coverage and care — including attacks on Planned Parenthood and other sexual and reproductive care providers; racist and fear-mongering comments; and a failure to heed scientific advice and prepare federal agencies for an orderly response to COVID-19. His bigoted policies and incompetence in office have cost lives and plunged many into uncertainty and misery.
America needs a president who tells the truth, keeps people safe, and puts the public interest first. We need a president who will fight to expand access to health care, not take it away.
People in the United States have suffered under Trump’s flailing, cruel, chaotic administration for more than three years.
Here’s what his actions have confirmed:
Trump has never cared about you, and he never will. Trump is out for only one person: himself. He’s beholden to special-interest groups — such as those that want to take away our health care to support their bottom line, and those that would end safe, legal abortion at home and abroad.
Trump weakened our public health programs — not only hindering our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but actively making it worse. The Trump administration has sabotaged the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — landmark legislation thanks to which 20 million more people are insured than would have been without it — and doubled down on efforts to overturn it, a move that would cause millions to lose their health insurance and eliminate protections for tens of millions of people with pre-existing conditions.
Trump has attacked the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (commonly known as ‘Food Stamps’), Medicaid, and other programs that keep people healthy, blocked access to Planned Parenthood health centers and other critical providers, and dismantled vital public health operations such as the White House global health security office.
With the stakes this high, we can’t afford another four years. For more than three years, Trump has used every tool at his disposal to undermine our democracy, nominate judges with records that are hostile to reproductive rights, target communities of color and people with low incomes, and stack the federal government with officials devoted to taking away reproductive health services, including abortion access, and people’s health coverage and care.
When it comes to the two major presidential candidates, the comparison is stark.
Trump has been a nightmare. He and the administration he leads have brazenly undermined policies and programs we care about, and undone protections for the people we care about. His policies have hurt Planned Parenthood patients, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, people of color, and everyone who needs affordable health care.
In comparison, Joe Biden has championed our health and rights throughout his political career, and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Barack Obama during the creation of the historic Affordable Care Act. Biden supports access to sex education and reproductive health care — including birth control, safe and legal abortion, and care at Planned Parenthood health centers. We can count on Biden to continue fighting for what's right.
As president, Trump has done everything in his power to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that affirms the constitutional right to safe and legal abortion. Trump has asserted that the case was wrongly decided, and has packed the Supreme Court and lower federal courts with justices and judges who he hopes will gut constitutional protections for abortion.
In one of his first acts in office, Trump also reinstated and strengthened the “global gag rule,” which prevents foreign organizations that rely on U.S. global health assistance from providing information, referrals, or services for legal abortion or advocating for access to abortion services in their country — even with their own money.
This policy jeopardizes the health and well-being of millions of people around the world, and disproportionately hurts women and girls.
Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children. The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth....This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress. If there is one thing we should all agree on, it’s protecting the lives of innocent babies.
During its first year, the Trump administration issued rules to allow employers and health insurers to refuse to cover birth control on the basis of religious or “moral” objections — which sought to reverse ACA protections designed to guarantee access to contraception at no out of pocket cost.
Those rules reflect the extreme beliefs of key Trump administration staffers, many of whom have spread misinformation about birth control throughout their careers. Before joining the Trump administration, an appointee to run family planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) groundlessly claimed that “incidents of contraception use and the incidents of abortion go hand in hand” — and falsely claimed there were “new abortion-inducing drugs disguised as contraceptives.” Another official baselessly wrote that birth control causes “miscarriages of already-conceived children,” and “ruin[s] your uterus for baby-hosting.”
Sabotaging Health Coverage, Undermining Health Equity
After Trump and his congressional allies repeatedly tried and failed to repeal the ACA — a move that would have wrecked access to health care for tens of millions of Americans — his administration set off on a campaign to sabotage the ACA that continues to this day, even as the COVID-19 pandemic rages across the country. Trump has made it harder for people to get health care through the ACA by drastically curbing enrollment assistance, slashing the length of the enrollment window, and allowing junk health insurance plans on the marketplaces. As a result, the percentage of Americans who lack health insurance is climbing again — and as COVID-19 sickens millions of Americans, the administration refuses to reopen the federal marketplace to help people without insurance get covered.
In fact, while he continues to botch the federal effort to control the pandemic, Trump has redoubled his support for a lawsuit that, if successful, would entirely repeal the ACA, eliminating the coverage and protections it established — including health coverage for youth up to 26, guaranteed birth control coverage and maternity coverage, and protections for people with preexisting conditions.
State politicians across the country have refused to expand Medicaid under the ACA, leaving millions of people without coverage in the middle of a deadly pandemic while contributing to the closure of hospitals that serve rural, low-income communities.
Fighting the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 requires securing access to health care for every person in the United States. The Trump administration, however, has pursued an opposite course. Through his cruel public charge rule, Trump has intimidated families with non-citizen members into forgoing health care through public programs such as Medicaid — for fear of compromising relatives’ ability to become American citizens or permanent residents. Public health officials believe Trump’s rule could weaken America’s response to COVID-19 by preventing immigrant families from seeking health care. Indeed, in communities of color hard-hit by COVID-19, reports indicate that people vulnerable to the virus feel reluctant to seek treatment because they fear that getting care would put their status in the U.S. in jeopardy.
The health and safety of those who seek care at Planned Parenthood is a top priority. Racial profiling and lethal state-sanctioned mistreatment of Black people by police is a public health crisis — one that has claimed the lives of George Floyd, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile, Atatiana Jefferson, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Rayshard Brooks, and so many others. Inequality and over-policing are the antithesis of the standards envisioned by Planned Parenthood for our bodies and lives.
....These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!
Since taking office, President Trump has repeatedly proposed cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from core federal health care programs such as Medicaid — cuts of such a magnitude that millions of people in the United States would lose health coverage. Even now, the Trump administration presses on with its cruel agenda; its proposed budget for fiscal year 2021 would cut, over the next 10 years, $900 billion from Medicaid and about $500 billion from Medicare. The same budget would also slash funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by 16%, even as the nation remains in the throes of a deadly pandemic.
Without access to coverage through public programs, many people with low incomes or people who live in rural areas would have no options to cover the cost of their health care, leading to delayed testing and care for treatable, survivable conditions.
Debasing Sex Education
Quality sex education, taught by trained educators who cover topics such as relationships, consent, decision making, gender identity, birth control, and more, had federal support before Trump became president — but his administration quickly moved to undermine funding for those programs. The ideologues who surround Trump have used their positions in the U.S. government to steer money away from quality, evidence-based approaches to sex education and toward abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.
Diane Foley, the Trump administration official who oversees birth control and sex education programs, is an opponent of safe, legal abortion and evidence-based sex education. Foley formerly ran Life Network, a group of fake women's health clinics also known as so-called “crisis pregnancy centers.” Life Network offered an abstinence-only curriculum to Colorado public schools that omitted instruction on obvious health protections such as condom use — because, Foley insisted, demonstrating how to use a condom could be considered sexual harassment.
Before working for Trump, Foley repeatedly advanced misinformation with no basis in science — such as the debunked claim that “post-abortion syndrome” leads to mental health problems, as well as demonstrably false claims about abortion’s complication rate, despite the fact that abortion is one of the safest medical procedures in the country.
As Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) warned when the Trump administration moved to place TPPP under Foley’s control: “It is difficult to understand how this reorganization does anything other than … prioritize ideology over the needs of the women, teenagers, and children the affected programs serve.”
Attacking Access to Care at Planned Parenthood Health Centers
Since coming to power, Trump has tried to cut off people’s access to Planned Parenthood in every way possible — in presidential budgets, ACA repeal plans, tax reform legislation, federal resolutions and regulations, nominations of judges with records that are hostile to reproductive health and rights, and appointments of anti-Planned Parenthood government officials. Trump has repeatedly and consistently targeted Planned Parenthood with disinformation in speeches, ads, and in the platform of his political party.
All these attacks have one goal: close Planned Parenthood health centers, and block access to care for roughly 2.4 million Planned Parenthood patients — many of whom would be left with nowhere else to turn for health care.
Trump’s efforts have not shut down Planned Parenthood health centers; their doors are still open. Planned Parenthood continues to serve as the nation’s largest provider of sex education, and continues to be a leading provider of high-quality, affordable health care. But Trump remains bent on ending that.
In 2019, Trump issued an unethical “gag rule” on Title X, the bipartisan federal program that provides affordable birth control and sexual and reproductive health care to people with low incomes, including people who couldn’t otherwise afford health care services on their own. The rule banned health care providers from telling people how they can safely and legally access abortion, forcing Planned Parenthood health centers and numerous others out of the program — and made clear that the administration is more interested in pushing Trump's ideology on the American people than it is in protecting their health, livelihoods, and freedoms.
Prior to being forced out of the program, Planned Parenthood health centers served over 40% of the 4 million patients who get preventive, reproductive health care through Title X. Now, 1.5 million people who used Title X at Planned Parenthood are unable to go to Planned Parenthood for free or reduced-cost preventive care through Title X — which may cause them to delay or forego care altogether. In some communities, Planned Parenthood is the only provider of affordable reproductive health care — which means that the gag rule may leave many patients cut off from access to free or low-cost birth control, STI screenings and treatment, and other basic care.
Undermining the Title X program makes it harder for millions of people to get the care they need. To name just one example, 40% of Black women between ages 18 and 44 say they can only afford to pay up to $10 per month for birth control out of pocket. Research shows that when people have access to birth control, they can take better care of themselves and their families, support themselves financially, complete their education, and advance in their careers.
Under Trump’s direction, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rescinded Obama-era guidance that made clear that people have the right to use their Medicaid coverage to access preventive care at the provider of their choice, including Planned Parenthood health centers.
The move threatens to embolden state officials to try to exclude Planned Parenthood from Medicaid reimbursement for preventive care services.
Following its move to embolden states to “defund” Planned Parenthood, the Trump administration allowed Texas to get millions of dollars in federal Medicaid funding while blocking patients who use the Medicaid program at issue from getting preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers. Other states could follow suit.
In his first year in office, Trump was the first U.S. president to propose a federal budget that singled out Planned Parenthood for "defunding" from all federal funding streams — and he has continued to do this in all of his presidential budgets.
The administration supported measures to block patients from care at Planned Parenthood health centers within its many efforts to repeal the ACA.
We Decide 2020
Trump isn’t slowing his attacks on health care access. In fact, he’s doubling down on putting people's rights, health, and lives in danger, even during a global public health crisis. We can’t let him keep doing it. Lives are at stake.
Abortion, birth control, and affordable heath care access are all in grave jeopardy. Those who stand to lose the most are those already excluded, by legacies of discrimination and systemic racism, from opportunities to thrive: Black people and other people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people, and women.
We won’t let Trump decide how to run our country anymore. We won’t let Trump decide our future. With our votes this year, we — not Donald Trump — decide what is best for our health and our communities.
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