President Trump’s reckless pandemic response continues to put Wisconsin health, jobs, & Social Security at risk

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Wisconsin unemployment when President Trump took office: 3.6 percent

Wisconsin Unemployment Now: 5.4 percent

Today, President Donald Trump will travel to Waukesha, Wisconsin, to hold a rally in an airplane hanger at Waukesha County Airport. Wisconsin currently ranks fourth among states in daily reported cases per capita. In just the past week in Wisconsin, new daily reported cases have gone up more than 20 percent, hospitalizations have increased more than 26 percent, and daily reported deaths have risen 22 percent. Despite a report from his very own coronavirus task force telling state officials that the public should avoid “crowds in public and social gatherings”, Trump insists on holding his 18th in person rally and 2nd in Wisconsin following the revelation of his COVID-19 diagnosis onOctober 2.

With more than 222,000 lives lost in the United States due to the president’s failed pandemic response, Trump continues to lie to the American people about the true danger of the virus, despite knowing since February. In the last presidential debate this past Thursday, Trump claimed “We’re rounding the corner. It’s going away,”, despite coronavirus cases rising in all but 9 states and the US logging a record high 77,000 cases in a single day. Even after being hospitalized with COVID-19, Trump told the country not to let the virus “dominate your lives” and has repeatedly claimed over the past 8 months that the virus will “disappear.” Following his recovery using treatments unavailable to the general public, Trump falsely claimed to be immune to the virus despite failing to disclose when he last tested negative. More than 14,459 Americans have died from the coronavirus since the president promised to provide the “unbelievable medicine” he took at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center free of charge. And just last Thursday at an NBC town hall, he continued to disregard science by attacking the effectiveness of masks with an inaccurate claim and discouraging his supporters from wearing masks. With Wisconsin passing more than 186,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 1,700 dead, President Trump’s recklessness and lies are putting Wisconsin residents at risk.

As a result of President Trump’s failure to control the virus, the unemployment rate in Wisconsin was still at 5.4 percent in August, compared with 3.6 percent when the Trump presidency began. In the absence of federal leadership or any national testing plan, the virus continues to spread, and uncertainty has created wildly unstable economic conditions in the state. Amid this economic instability, Trump cut federal unemployment insurance by $300, leaving Wisconsin single-parent families with one child on a modest budget facing a shortfall of $1,807 per month, according to a recent Center for American Progress analysis. More than 110,050 Wisconsin residents are still receiving some type of unemployment benefit. In total, 212,700 fewer Wisconsin workers were employed in September than in February, a 7.1 percent decline.

Instead of leading the country out of the pandemic, President Trump has continued his long-time assault on Social Security by calling for the terminationof a large portion of its dedicated funding source: payroll taxes. Trump’s proposal, according to Social Security Chief Actuary Stephen Goss, would wipe out the Social Security Trust Fund by 2023. More than 1.3 million Wisconsin residents — 21.6 percent of the state’s population — are Social Security beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, President Trump has continued his attack on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). After revealing a panicked health care executive order that does nothingto protect preexisting conditions, Trump maintained his commitment to striking down the ACA in court. If the Trump-backed lawsuit to repeal the ACA succeeds,153,000 state residents could lose health coverage, and 2.4 million with preexisting conditions could face higher premiums or be barred from coverage during the pandemic.

Learn more about how the Trump administration’s policies have hurt Wisconsin families and put them at risk below.

Health care

Claim: “I’m asking for your vote so we can … save health care for every family in Wisconsin and for every family in our country.”– Donald Trump in Wisconsin, November 1, 2016

Reality: The Trump administration is trying to repeal the ACA through the courts with no replacement. If successful, the Trump administration will strip coverage from millions of Americans, raise premiums, and end protections for people with preexisting conditions. In Wisconsin:

  • 2.4 million residents with preexisting conditions would lose protections if the Trump-backed lawsuit to repeal the ACA succeeds.
  • 153,000 residents could lose coverage if the ACA is repealed.

Profits and wages

Claim: “I will be the greatest jobs President that God ever created … [O]ur poorer citizens will get new jobs and higher pay and new hope for their life.” –Donald Trump, October 5, 2016

Reality: President Trump promised voters that he would prioritize the interests of the middle class. Instead, he’s prioritized the wealthiest Americans and corporations.

  • President Trump has the worst jobs record in history and is the only president to have lost net jobs on his watch.
  • Trump blocked a federal minimum wage increase for Wisconsin workers. Approximately 909,000 state workers were denied a pay increase, resulting in more than $2.8 billion in lost wages.

Taxes

Claim: “No one will gain more from these proposals than low- and middle-income Americans.” — Donald Trump, August 8, 2016

Reality: Eighty-three percent of the Trump administration’s $2 trillion tax cutgoes to big corporations and the rich. Many Wisconsin families are getting stuck with the bill.

  • 126,120 Wisconsin families paid more in taxes last year due to the Trump administration’s tax bill.
  • For the 2019 tax year, the average tax cut for the wealthiest 1 percent of Wisconsin earners was $39,610. The average tax cut for the middle 20 percent was $790.

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