Associated Press reports that 70 percent of those who will be hurt by the cut in Cost Sharing Reductions health care subsidies announced this week live in states Trump won in his election. This underscores the political risk for Trump and the Republican party for the move that is largely condemned y voters in both parties and called “ill-advised” by his own party leaders. It seems clear that Americans will blame the president for increased costs and chaos in the insurance marketplace in the future. The cut affects only low income workers who struggle to afford health coverage, not poor people who are covered by Medicaid.
Lower income residents of the following states are listed as being among the most hurt by the cuts according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
Residents of my local area in New Jersey and Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania are not as likely to be affected. Residents of rural Pennsylvania will be affected and I anticipate blogging about that soon.