Trump is trying to repeal the ACA in the middle of a pandemic

This piece was originally published in the June 25, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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“He doesn’t have a plan.”

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Trump is STILL trying to take coverage away from 23 million Americans. Just this morning, he and his allies filed Supreme Court briefs in their lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Americans like Casey, whose daughter Chessie relies on Medicaid for health coverage, are fed up with Trump’s attempts to take away our health care.

Watch Casey explain the consequences her family would face if Trump gets his way, then share her story on Twitter and Facebook:

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IN THE NEWS

  • The United States broke our national record high number of daily new confirmed coronavirus cases yesterday, tallying 36,880 new cases in 24 hours. The previous record was set exactly two months before on April 24. Experts have noted the unusual nature of the pandemic’s current resurgence in the U.S., particularly that we are hitting what seems to be a second peak so soon rather than a steady decline in cases. Many other countries worked to limit the spread of coronavirus. Trump didn’t — and we’re seeing the consequences play out in real time as the states he encouraged to reopen are already entering a second brutal phase of this crisis.
  • Despite the risks of these rallies, Trump is in Wisconsin today for the next stop on his dangerous campaign tour. Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Trump held a rally last weekend, just reported its highest ever single-day rise in new coronavirus cases. Today, as he often does, Trump is expected to highlight his economic record during his visit to Wisconsin, despite the state’s sky-high unemployment rate and the potential for 224,000 Wisconsinites to lose health care coverage if the Trump-backed ACA repeal lawsuit is successful.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

  • Nearly 800 public health experts and officials denounced Trump’s continued pursuit of his ACA repeal lawsuit in the midst of the pandemic. “It will mean fewer people will get tested, more will spread the virus; those who get sick will have to choose between their health and financial ruin; and more people will die.”
  • Texas paused its reopening process today amid surging coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the state. The state’s largest hospital also just reached capacity. While this pause on reopening is a positive development, the governor is still allowing businesses which had already reopened to stay open, leaving Texans in limbo under conditions which clearly haven’t worked well up to this point.

WHAT WE’RE READING

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This piece was originally published in the June 25, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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