Refuting economic and healthcare claims made by the President

As President Trump touted a great American comeback for manufacturing in a recent trip to Ohio, Ryan Zamarripa of the Center for American Progress spoke about a memo sent out by the organization ahead of his visit.

The memo is titled “Trump to Tout Manufacturing in Ohio as Unemployment Surges to 10.9% Since February.” The memo reevaluates claims made by the President and claims the President has broken many campaign promises.

Revitalizing the economy

The first claim examined is one where President Trump promised to revitalize Ohio’s economy.

The memo notes that Ohio’s economy has been on the decline since before President Trump took office and has not changed course. Zamarripa said the President’s statements about revitalizing the economy are a smoke screen to hide the declining growth of Ohio’s economy.

The memo then refutes another presidential claim.

Raising wages

“My economic plan is going to grow this economy and raise your wages,” President Trump claimed.

Zamarripa rated this claim as false, stating that the administration is actively working to improve corporate profits, not worker wages. He added that the Bureau of Labor Statistics actually reported slower wage growth and rising cost of living. Currently cost of living rose by 6.2 percent while average weekly wages have only grown by 4.6 percent.

Healthcare amidst a pandemic

Finally, Zamarripa made it to President Trump’s claim that healthcare would be better and a fraction of the price.

He said the President is actively trying to gut the Affordable Care Act, potentially leaving millions of Americans without healthcare in the middle of a pandemic.


 

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