During his four-year tenure, President Donald Trump made numerous promises on important topics such as health care, environmental regulations, legalization of cannabis and more. He holds on to some but not all of his vows. Here is Trump’s account of some major health problems today – and how his actions could ultimately affect your health. (And by comparison, winning Joe Biden has an impact on your health too.)
To the coronavirus answer:
The US leads the world in COVID-19 deaths: At press time, the US has a rate of 65.99 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people, compared to 11.68 in Germany, 0.85 in South Korea, and 0.30 51 in New Zealand to Johns Hopkins. As Joe Biden pointed out in the first presidential debate, 20% of global coronavirus deaths are due to Americans, but only 4% of the world̵
Trump reportedly knew the SARS-CoV-2 virus was deadly back in February and decided to downplay it. Since then, he has mocked, disregarded, or ignored the scientific consensus on COVID-19, questioning scientists and health officials, and implicitly promoting coronavirus conspiracy theories.
Take his behavior in relation to masks, for example. Health officials agree that masks are crucial in reducing the spread of the coronavirus. According to a nationally representative poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research in July of 1,057 US adults, three in four Americans are in favor of a mask requirement. Trump mocked Biden for wearing a mask during the initial presidential debate and then announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 three days later. He has repeatedly refused to wear a mask in public, even when he is sick with COVID-19.
Then there is social distancing, which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is “the best way” to minimize the spread of the virus. Trump continued to hold large outdoor and indoor rallies with many maskless attendees. He visited the White House Rose Garden in September to honor his appointment to the Supreme Court of Justice Amy Coney Barrett. The event, during which many exposed guests spoke closely and even hugged, unsurprisingly turned into a super spreader.
Comprehensive and changing testing guidelines, delays in test results, and contaminated test kits under the Trump administration all contributed to a lack of efficient and widespread coronavirus testing, SELF previously reported. Trump has falsely claimed that “if we didn’t test, we wouldn’t have cases”. As SELF previously reported, experts need more coronavirus testing, not less, to contain this virus. The Trump administration has also reportedly questioned the CDC’s coronavirus and children communication, urging the CDC to change its testing guidelines against the advice of scientists.
The desperate search for a COVID-19 vaccine may seem like a bright spot here, but the truth is a little grimmer. Several American pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, are conducting phase 3 studies, the final phase of the development process before the vaccine is approved. This is a record time considering that vaccines typically take several years to develop and test. This is in large part thanks to Operation Warp Speed, a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) program that donated billions of dollars to pharmaceutical companies and accelerated vaccine development by authorizing vaccines to be made while they were still being made be tested. According to HHS, this reduces financial risk without compromising product quality.
The problem here is that Trump has suggested that a vaccine will be available before Election Day. Public health experts are very skeptical. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has passed tough new guidelines for approval for emergency use that would likely postpone the vaccine’s schedule after Election Day. The White House immediately blocked these guidelines, so the FDA is looking into other ways to make sure coronavirus vaccines are as safe and effective as possible New York Times. Nine pharmaceutical companies have signed a pledge that they will not fix any security gaps in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.
To access health care:
During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare). His administration made many unsuccessful attempts before the Republican-led Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Employment Act in December 2017, which eliminated Obamacare’s individual mandate so that people now pay no penalty for leaving health insurance. In the expectation that more healthy people will stop buying insurance later on, insurers have already raised some insurance premiums. A 2019 analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that health insurance premiums for ACA silver plans rose 32% in 2018, although many, but not all, of the people received subsidies that so far offset the price. According to the US Census Bureau, the uninsured rate for US citizens rose in 2018 for the first time since Obamacare’s death. In a report by the non-partisan budget office of Congress in May 2018, it is estimated that 6 million more uninsured people will be living between 2018 and 2023 due to the elimination of the individual mandate.