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CTNJ/Opinion: Pragmatism, not ideology, needed in healthcare reform

Sarah Darer Littman
Sarah Darer Littman

Sarah Darer Littman is an award-winning columnist and novelist of books for teens. A former securities analyst, she’s now an adjunct in the MFA program at WCSU (and as such is an AAUP member), and enjoys helping young people discover the power of finding their voice as an instructor at the Writopia Lab.

The problem with voting for president is you can’t take your vote back for a refund when you realize you got a bum deal.

For a hint at why even a Fox News poll showed President Trump’s approval rating dropping by five points while the latest Quinnipiac poll shows his support eroding even within his core base of white Republican men, consider the heartbreaking case of former “Trump Troubador” Kraig Moss. CNN caught up with Moss, who spent last year following Trump around on the campaign trail after selling off the equipment for his construction business and stopping mortgage payments on his home.

Moss had lost his 24-year-old son to heroin addiction and believed Trump’s campaign rhetoric about healthcare, particularly specific promises he made several times on the campaign trail to help families suffering from addiction.

Then reality hit. The “I’m-going-to-cover-everybody” healthcare plan Trump promised is estimated to increase the number of uninsured by 24 million people by 2026, increase premiums for older Americans, remove the mandate that Medicaid cover basic mental health and addiction coverage, and roll back the Medicaid expansion that allowed many of the states suffering the most from the opioid epidemic to provide coverage. In Connecticut, over 770,000 people are covered by Medicaid, about 230,000 of those are covered by Medicaid expansion, and another 111,000 under the Affordable Care Act. We rank 5th out of 30 states in terms of opioid-related visits to emergency rooms.The latest Quinnipiac poll shows 56 percent of voters disapprove of Trump’s plan and only 17 percent approve.

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