Trump’s toxic health care agenda puts Americans at risk

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Trump’s Toxic Health Care Agenda Puts Americans at Risk

Three years ago this week, Donald Trump lamented, “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” It’s obvious that we have a president who is completely unprepared to deal with the issue of health care, and now he’s confronting a real crisis — a potential pandemic.

There are things we can all do to prepare for a potential coronavirus outbreak. In Scientific American, Professor Zeynep Tufekci suggests: “get a flu shot, if you haven’t already, and stock up supplies at home so that you can stay home for two or three weeks, going out as little as possible.”

Still, the Trump administration’s incompetent coronavirus response is putting our nation at risk. The president seems more concerned about the stock market than the health and welfare of millions of Americans.


In 2018, Trump fired his pandemic response team, and he has proposed cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.

He appointed Vice President Mike Pence to lead the Coronavirus Task Force, but when Pence was governor of Indiana, there was a massive outbreak of HIV infections in rural Indiana.

Despite Trump’s claims that a vaccine is being developed “rapidly,” a national health expert says it will be 12-18 months before it will be available to the public. Even then, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar — a former lobbyist for Big Pharma — can’t promise the vaccine will be affordable for Americans.


Bringing Down Prescription Drug Costs

There’s a clear contrast between Donald Trump and Ohio Democrats on the issue of prescription drug costs. Trump made big promises to “get those prescription drug prices way down,” but he has failed to deliver. In contrast, Democratic lawmakers are pushing forward with proposals that would bring down the costs of prescription drugs for millions of Americans.


This week Ohio Capital Journal highlighted legislation by state Rep. Beth Liston and state Rep. Kristin Boggs that would cap the cost of insulin at $100 a month for patients.

In the Senate, Sen. Hearcel Craig and Sen. Nickie Antonio have also proposed requiring the Ohio Attorney General to investigate insulin pricing to ensure customer protections.


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