President Trump won the election by championing the causes of America’s rural voters, thinking that their lifestyle will return to that of a bygone era. The promises the Republicans have made about coal and manufacturing jobs coming back is a political fiction designed to get votes.
Trump’s “rural voter” has been sold an illusion, that they don’t have to change to meet the times, but that things will turn out alright regardless. A recent article in The New Republic It’s Time For A Bluexit detailed that the most heavily federally subsidized states voted for Trump, while the states that send out more in federal tax than they receive back in federal benefits voted for Hillary.
Via TNR: Truth is, you red states just haven’t been pulling your weight. Not for, well, forever. Red states are nearly twice as dependent on the federal government as blue states. Of the twelve states that received the least federal aid in return for each tax dollar they contribute to the U.S. Treasury, ten of them voted for Hillary Clinton—and the other two were Michigan and Wisconsin, your newest recruits. By the same count, 20 of the 26 states most dependent on federal aid went to Trump.
Trump voters constantly whine about a bloated federal government that is keeping them down, making it impossible for them to realize their dreams, while the truth is – it’s the rednecks of America who are its welfare queens.
It comes as little surprise that Trump voters in Georgia are now terrified at the prospect of losing their Obamacare, having suddenly realized that “Trumpcare” will adversely affect their lives.
Via RawStory: Kenneth Peek, a Georgia farmer, who is now on Obamacare, thought Trump would get things “straightened out.” However, he’s now understanding things might get worse. Under the proposed law, thousands of rural Georgians, who voted overwhelmingly for Trump, stand to lose their health insurance or their hospitals and, for many, their costs will increase.
Peek currently pays $281 a month for his Obamacare policy, which is $3,372 a year. He gets $11,172 in government tax credits, while his wife is on disability. Under Trumpcare his tax credit would drop 64 percent to $7,172 and there’s no real way of knowing how insurance companies will drop premiums or continue the upward climb. While Obamacare gave subsidies based on need, Trumpcare will give tax credits based on age. So, a 50-year-old CEO who makes $850,000 each year would get the same amount as a 50-year-old teacher who makes $35,000 each year.
Trump lied with a straight face to rural voters far too eager to hear the impossible. Better health coverage, for lower cost, for more people – Trump’s “Art of the Deal” sounded ideal, only there was no substance behind the golden logo.
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson conceded, “Counties that voted for you, middle class and working class counties, would do far less well under this bill.”
“Yeah. Oh, I know that, I know,” Trump lamented.
The profiles of Trump’s supporters sound cliche, such as Blake Yelverton, a 23-year-old Georgian who says of Obamacare that “It’s communism, socialism anyway,” yet his own health insurance is thanks to Obamacare.
Via RawStory: The 23-year-old revealed, however, that his own health insurance is thanks to Obamacare too. He’s still on his parents’ plan. When confronted with the information he said that he hadn’t been to a doctor in five years.
Is it surprising that Trump’s younger supporters live with their parents and seemingly hate Obama even though they benefit from his policies?
Via RawStory: But under Trumpcare the access and the cost isn’t likely to get better. With fewer people with health care, fewer bills will get paid for hospital visits. Those costs get passed on to other customers.
Already, Georgia hospitals give $1.75 billion in free care to uninsured people each year. An estimated 750,000 Georgians could lose their health insurance under Trumpcare, a Georgia State University revealed.
What remains to be seen is if Trump will blame the disaster he creates on Obama, or if the blame will fall on him. Will Trump’s supporters hold him responsible for the disasters he creates? Comment below and let us know.