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ICYMI: Trump's Senate Allies Still Have No Plan to Help the Millions of Americans Who Lost Health Insurance During COVID-19

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
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Senate leadership sees "no urgency" as U.S. COVID-19 death toll surpasses 100,000 and an estimated 16.2 million people have lost health insurance once provided by their employer

Washington, DC  Catastrophic job losses over the past two months have caused millions of people to lose health insurance once provided by their employer, smack in the middle of a global pandemic — and Trump and his allies in the Senate have no plans to help. As Huffpost reports, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other senators like Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) have no plan to protect and expand health care coverage, even as the country's health care needs grow more urgent by the day. Read more below:

HuffPost: Senate GOP Has No Plan To Help Millions Of Americans Losing Health Insurance During Pandemic
By Tara Golshan
May 27, 2020

  • "As millions of Americans slip into unemployment and lose their health insurance during a public health crisis, Senate Republicans still see no need to act on health care."
  • "In mid May, left-leaning think tank Economic Policy Institute estimated 16.2 million people have lost health insurance once provided by their employer — how roughly half of Americans get their health insurance. That number could be as high as 26.8 million if those who lost their jobs don’t sign up for other coverage, the Kaiser Family Foundation found. But the Republican majority in the Senate isn’t interested in pursuing additional emergency relief for those who suddenly find themselves uninsured."
  • "Staff for Susan Collins referred HuffPost to previous comments the Maine senator made to Bangor Daily News that she was “disappointed” in President Donald Trump for not allowing a special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, but did not comment on Congress taking further action on health care specifically."
  • "The implication of leaving millions uninsured is a matter of life and death. A 2019 report on Medicaid expansion found there could have been 15,600 fewer deaths if all 50 states expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. There’s a growing body of research that has shown expanded public insurance has improved health outcomes, increasing preventative care and saving patients with chronic illnesses, like kidney disease."
  • "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and many Republicans have pushed back against the need for additional stimulus during the pandemic, saying they see no 'urgency' in passing a fifth relief package. But among the ideas Republicans have put forward, like expanding the PPP program, implementing tax credits for hiring workers or bonuses for rehired workers, health care has largely been left out of the emergency relief debate."
  • "Health care has been a politically damaging issue for Republicans, who before the pandemic repeatedly attempted to repeal Obamacare, end Medicaid expansion and significantly cut Medicaid funding. The Trump administration has continued to support a GOP lawsuit to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and pushed an effort to add work requirements for Medicaid."

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