Posted by | December 21, 2016 10:59 | Filed under: Politics

Harvard political scientist Theda Skocpol shows how what Trump and Republicans want to do will hit their rural and suburban white base the hardest.

Congress will be asked not only to cut the taxes levied on businesses and the rich to finance Obamacare benefits for 20 to 30 million low and middle-income Americans; Republican leaders also plan to slash federal commitments to Medicaid, giving states the authority to shrink this health care program for the poor and elderly. And Republican House members, led by Speaker Paul D. Ryan, seem determined to abolish traditional Medicare insurance for retirees and replace it with “premium vouchers” that would throw older Americans on the mercies of private insurance markets and require them to pay more for their care.

Trump voters will be especially hard hit if just part of this sweeping agenda comes to fruition.

Conservatives often point to poor blacks and Latinos as the primary beneficiaries of federal health insurance programs. But such rhetoric obscures the enormous importance of Medicaid, Medicare and Obamacare subsidies to economically struggling white Americans living in small cities and rural areas. In Pennsylvania, where Mr. Trump narrowly beat Hillary Clinton with overwhelming support outside big cities, about 17 percent of residents are 65 or older, above the national average. Meanwhile, some 16 percent of Pennsylvanians benefit from Medicare, and 18 percent from Medicaid. With the bulk of Medicaid going to elderly and disabled residents, that program is the single largest federal subsidy flowing into the Keystone State.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act would also hit Pennsylvania hard. Under the act, some 468,000 low-income Pennsylvanians had gained Medicaid coverage by August 2016, and another 439,000 bought private coverage on the Obamacare marketplace, with more than three-fourths of those people getting tax credits averaging $251 per month. Health care is often sparse in nonurban areas, and the providers that do exist depend on federal insurance programs that help many patients pay for care. If radical Republican cutbacks in federal contributions to health insurance are enacted, Pennsylvania hospitals and health care businesses will lose vital revenues, leaving many lower-income and sick Pennsylvanians at risk of losing access to care.

This is the case in other states as well, meaning many rural and small-town Trump supporters may soon see that Make America Great Again means accelerating economic decline and social devastation.

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  • Lane Ranger

    Change happens everyday -and you can bet your bottom dollar the Trump and his $$$ people are going to be pursued like a hawk chasing a mouse every second of the day !

  • Stoney Huff

    Look at Wisconsin with Scott Walker slashing and burning to make up for staggering tax giveaways to the millionaires and billionaires of Wisconsin. He pushed the cuts right up to the point of what Paul Ryan wants to do, the residents accepted cruel cuts to the poor and to schools but mess with their healthcare or retirement all hell breaks loose.

  • oldfart

    “Trump voters to be especially hard hit by his policies”

    Assuming tRump gets everything he promised and wanted and that his cabinet and the republicans in congress does the same…ALL those idiots DESERVE IT…mainly because they’ve screwed everybody else right along with them. I have no pity for any tRump voter.

    • arc99

      reluctant like. it does not feel very good to have such harsh feelings about people at this time of year. but I am done with those fools. I have no more empathy.

    • fahvel

      what about yourself? Are you immune?

      • oldfart

        No, but my shelf life is not nearly as long as those
        who will still be here when I’m gone.
        I have no fear of adversity in my old age, I’ve lived with it for a long time…
        Nixon, Reagan, Bush 1, Bush 2.
        My better half and I will fare much better than others…
        meaning tRump voters specifically.
        I understand the enormity of the impact this travesty of an election
        will inflict…on the world.
        Batten down your hatches, Mon ami…

    • Red Mann

      The falling tide lowers all ships.

    • Ned Nutley

      All you fools in the redneck states who think
      things will get better for you, YOU GUYS
      WILL END UP GETTING TRUMPED!

  • arc99

    I have given up hope that any significant segment of these voters will be intelligent enough to figure out what is going on.

    Just look at Kentucky where the KyNect health insurance program is tremendously popular. KyNect would not exist without the ACA and Kentucky continues to be a solid red state.

    If the worst happens where Medicare is privatized, and people lose what little health insurance they have, GOP politicians will take to FOX, and talk radio explaining that it is all the fault of liberals and socialists and Democrats. The only solution is to elect even more Republicans. The useless idiots will believe their Rush Limbaughs and Sean Hannitys, and vote to further slash their own throats. It sounds cynical, but I think the only instrument we have to limit the impact of those votes, is the human life span of 70-80 years. Eventually those people will no longer be here.

    • oldfart

      2040, the white population will cease to be the majority.
      The biggest problem I have is the fact that, A president tRump will remain in our country’s history as an unbleachable stain forever.

      • Buford2k11

        I have underwear with that same problem…

        • Suzanne McFly

          lol

        • oldfart

          The ones you were wearing nov 8th perhaps ?!? ;)

          • Buford2k11

            and they were new….

            • oldfart

              Bummer ! ;)

    • Ned Nutley

      The GOP will force America to hit rock-bottom hard and fast like with republican Hoover and another FDR will have to dig us out again.

  • SUCKERS!

    • Ned Nutley

      Count on 5 things in the coming administration:
      war
      economic recession
      hardship for women
      hardship for minorities
      hardship for people who don’t look like Trump voters

      • oldfart

        And the biggest windfall for the top 1% in modern history.

  • Budda

    Of course they are going to be victims of their own idiocy.

    • fahvel

      yeah, that’s nice to say and a tad of vengeance against them is amusing but it’s the whole country, not just those millions of idiots who will suffer. There’s no amusement here at all.

  • Buford2k11

    For years, we Democrats have always wondered WHY do these republican folks, who are as dirt poor as the rest of us, have always voted against their best interests…They were informed over the years, that they have been fooled, lied to, taken advantage of, stolen from, abused, in more ways than can be mentioned, and yet, here we are…wow…I just caught a shiver from that thought…surrounded by these people, where I live…Bunker down, and wait for the onslaught…

    • Suzanne McFly

      Give the puppies a hug from Auntie Suzi, take them out for a walk and clear your head my friend.

      • Buford2k11

        ah yes…hehehe, I will do that…Noodles and Rico appreciate the hugs…Am I sounding a little cray cray?

        • Suzanne McFly

          Not cray, just pi$$ed and I don’t want you to get your pressure up for this ba$tard.

    • Ned Nutley

      If the foxbots ended up in the bread line they would vote for and re-elect the ones who put them there.

  • wpadon

    Unfortunately, some of those affected by these cuts did not vote for Trump. It will also impact the workforce here in western Pa. The largest employer in Allegheny County is UPMC, a large hospital and also an insurance provider.

    • Lyndia

      They thought he was going to bring the coal mining jobs back, at least that what he told them. They bought it lock, stock, and barrel. I am laughing at them. SUCKER SAMS.

  • Suzanne McFly

    If they do go ahead with this idea, it won’t take place immediately. They most likely will have the cuts start in 10+ years, I wish they would make it instant and make these people feel the pain for what they have done (vote for rump). I just don’t see congress being able to rip away medicare and medicaid for the 80+ year olds who are living on social security.

  • Ned Nutley

    Unless you’re in the top 1% you aren’t getting
    anything from the republicans, you rural GOP
    voters have been had.

  • Ned Nutley

    With republican full power, I’m moving my
    investments to savings accounts that earn
    interest and won’t lose half their value when
    Trump and the GOP tanks the economy, if I
    did this in 2000 when they stole that election
    I would be 20K richer now, this republican is
    proposing the same tax cut / trickle-down
    economics that gave us the last great
    recession.

    • ademain

      I made the same mistake during Shrub Jr’s term and have been pointing out to my friends exactly the steps you mention. Be heavy in cash, light on stocks, and pay attention.

  • Duke Woolworth

    Watch for me at the next gun show.