FACT ONE: Millions can’t get healthcare.
More 27 million Americans still don’t have any health insurance.1 This number is up by more than 2.2 million since 2016 and coincides with Republicans repealing the individual health insurance mandate effective in 2019. 2
This graphic from the Gallup-Sharecare Well-being Index shows the percentage of Americans between 2008 and 2017 who do not have health care. Look at the numbers above and below the line. That’s the percentage of Americans who don’t have any health insurance. Notice the number declines with the introduction of the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) and the number starts creeping up after 2016. Furthermore, the number of uninsured is expected to rise further because the Republican have a new policy that encourages Medicaid work requirements.2
FACT TWO: We have an opioid crisis. Must fix.
Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.3 The epidemic killed more than 63,000 people in 20164. That’s more than colon cancer or brain cancer.5 Or motor vehicle fatalities.6
This graphic shows that the opioid epidemic has entered the 3rd of three very dangerous phases. In the 1990s there was an increase in deaths due to prescription opioids. In 2010, deaths increased due to the increase in use of heroin. The third wave started in 2013 with deaths caused by the use synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.
FACT THREE: Democrats support healthcare for pre-existing conditions.
Democrats, like most Americans, support the popular ACA provision to ensure that patients with pre-existing conditions can access healthcare and also won’t be charged more.
As the Kaiser Family Foundation study shows, 75% of all Americans, 86% Democrats, 75% Independent, and even 58% Republicans support the ACA rules that prevent insurance companies from denying coverage based on a person’s medical history. 72% of Americans support the provisions that prevent sick people from being charged more.7
WHERE WE GOT THESE FACTS
- CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality. CDC Wonder, Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2017. https://wonder.cdc.gov.