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Trump Fan Credits Non-Existent Trumpcare For Lower Costs

| by Michael Allen

Charla McComic, a supporter of President Donald Trump in Lexington, Tennessee, recently credited a drop in her son's insurance premium to non-existent Trumpcare and a "blessing from God."

McComic told The Washington Post: "I think it was just because of the tax credit," a reference to the proposed tax credits in the GOP health care bill, which has not yet been voted on.

After McComic’s son became unemployed, his monthly premium was reduced from $567 per month to $88.

However, the change was not because of the GOP or Trump, but rather the subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which the Republicans have promised to repeal.

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McComic is not worried about her disability benefits, her young granddaughter on Medicaid, or her son's premiums, all of which could be affected by the GOP/Trump changes.

"So far, everything’s been positive, from what I can tell," McComic added. "I just hope that more and more people and children get covered under this new health care plan."

McComic said that she and some relatives turned their cars into a Trump train on March 15 while driving to a rally at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville where The Washington Post interviewed her.

"We said: 'Who else would we do this for, besides Trump?'" McComic recalled. "We agreed on the Lord. We would stand here for the Lord, but that’s about it."

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At the Nashville rally, Trump did not go into details of the GOP health care bill, but did tell the crowd that it was a plan created by House Republicans "based on the principles I outlined." Trump urged his supporters not to believe the "dishonest attacks" by Democrats.

"The end result is ... it’s going to be great," Trump added. "It’s going to be great."

About 2,500 protesters stood outside the Municipal Auditorium to protest Trump and the GOP's health care plan.

The demonstrators asked people to read the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the GOP bill, which was released on March 13.

The CBO predicted that the GOP bill would result in an increase of uninsured Americans by 24 million by 2026, and a reduction in the federal budget deficit by $337 billion, noted The New York Times.

The CBO said that federal Medicaid funding would be 25 percent lower by 2026, and that 14 million people would be cut from the social safety net.

Sharon Cox, a former pediatric nurse, spoke at a news conference before the Trump rally, notes The Washington Post: "People are going to die, and that’s the bottom line. People are going to die because of what we’re doing with this legislation."

Several Trump supporters told the newspaper how they were upset about their insurance premiums increasing over the past few years.

Those premiums are not set by Obamacare, but rather by the health insurance companies and state regulators.

Sources: The Washington PostThe New York Times / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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