During the 2016 election, rural Americans flocked to Donald Trump’s side and helped vote him in as the next president of the United States.
Campaign Donald promised a lot of things, but one of his biggest promises was that he would provide healthcare for everyone.
Now, that promise appears unobtainable.
Kenneth Peek, a Georgia farmer, who currently benefits from Obamacare, voted for Trump as he thought he would get things “straightened out.” Give the way the Republican healthcare bill is shaping up, things are about to get a whole lot worse for him and thousands of other rural Americans.
Peek currently pays $281 a month for his Obamacare policy, which translates to $3,372 a year. On top of that, he gets $11,172 in government tax credits because his wife is on disability. Under Trumpcare, his tax credit would drop to $7,172 and his new premium remains an unknown, especially as he continues to age.
Under Trumpcare, tax credits are handed out by age, meaning that a 50-year-old CEO making $850,000 a year and a 50-year-old teacher making $35,000 a year get the same tax credit.
Trump campaigned on the promise to give voters “good coverage at much less cost” and “a much better healthcare plan [for] much less money.”
In a recent interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Trump made it clear that many Americans stood to lose a lot in his system.
“Counties that voted for you – middle class and working class counties – would do far less well under this bill,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson told Trump.
“Yeah. Oh, I know that … I know,” Trump said. His reassurance to fearful Americans was to say that the bill was “very preliminary.”
As for Peek, he is disappointed in Trump and how badly he lied on the campaign trail.
“The way they talked it was supposed to be better,” Peek said.
Peek admitted that many of his rural friends are hopeful that Trump will stick to his promises.
Others are still blindly following Trump and believe that healthcare is a privilege, not a right.
“It’s communism, socialism anyway,” said Blake Yelverton of Ellaville, Georgia.
However, the 23-year-old is still on his parent’s insurance and bragged about not visiting a doctor in five years.
Joel Veatch, who works in retail, wants to see Trumpcare combat price variances across the different hospitals. When he was looking to get a stress test, his quotes were all over the place, with one hospital in a smaller city quoting him at $6,000, while another in a larger city quoted him for $1,600.
“If there’s that much variance in cost, then something’s wrong,” he said.
Under Trumpcare, upwards of 750,000 Georgians stand to lose their healthcare coverage. The state currently has the third-highest rate of uninsured people in the country.