Trump Calls for the Opposite of Trumpcare

Ian Millhiser

Ian Millhiser Senior Constitutional Policy Analyst, Think Progress

Donald Trump, in one of his first Tweets after a trip abroad that left at least one major foreign leader questioning if the United States is still a reliable ally, announced what appears to be a reversal of his White House’s stance on health care.

Trump is right that adding “more dollars to Healthcare” could be beneficial. Though the Affordable Care Act drastically reduced the percentage of Americans without health insurance, inadequate subsidies have led to high premiums and deductibles. More money could help fix this problem, making health care more affordable for people in the individual insurance market.

But the Trump administration supports legislation, which recently passed the House, that would strip health care from 23 million people by 2026. As the Congressional Budget Office explains, Trumpcare achieves this result in part by cutting federal healthcare spending by more than a trillion dollars. Among other things, these spending cuts finance hundreds of billions in tax cuts for the rich.

In a previous administration, if the president of the United States made an announcement like Trump’s health care tweet, it would be a major event. Past presidents typically vetted their policy statements through their advisers and through other stakeholders within government. And a president’s statement that they would like to see more healthcare spending would indicate that the administration as a whole now supports more healthcare spending.

Trump, however, gave an interview last month which made it clear that he doesn’t understand how Trumpcare actually works. He’s repeatedly promised to protect programs like Medicaid, though he now supports a bill that cuts $834 billion from that program. And his budget would cut Medicaid even deeper — $1.3 trillion — over the next ten years.

The most likely explanation for Trump’s tweet, in other words, isn’t that the White House is abruptly shifting position. It’s much more likely that Trump just doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Again.

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Reposted from Think Progress.

Ian Millhiser is a Senior Constitutional Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Editor of ThinkProgress Justice. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from Kenyon College and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Duke University. Ian clerked for Judge Eric L. Clay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and has worked as an attorney with the National Senior Citizens Law Center’s Federal Rights Project, as Assistant Director for Communications with the American Constitution Society, and as a Teach For America teacher in the Mississippi Delta. His writings have appeared in a diversity of legal and mainstream publications, including the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, U.S. News and World Report, Slate, the Guardian, the American Prospect, the Yale Law and Policy Review and the Duke Law Journal; and he has been a guest on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera English, Fox News and many radio shows.

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Union Matters

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

From the AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Name of Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Mission: To unite fraternally all city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service for their mutual benefit; to obtain and secure rights as employees of the USPS and to strive at all times to promote the safety and the welfare of every member; to strive for the constant improvement of the Postal Service; and for other purposes. NALC is a single-craft union and is the sole collective-bargaining agent for city letter carriers.

Current Leadership of Union: Fredric V. Rolando serves as president of NALC, after being sworn in as the union's 18th president in 2009. Rolando began his career as a letter carrier in 1978 in South Miami before moving to Sarasota in 1984. He was elected president of Branch 2148 in 1988 and served in that role until 1999. In the ensuing years, he worked in various roles for NALC before winning his election as a national officer in 2002, when he was elected director of city delivery. In 2006, he won election as executive vice president. Rolando was re-elected as NALC president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Brian Renfroe serves as executive vice president, Lew Drass as vice president, Nicole Rhine as secretary-treasurer, Paul Barner as assistant secretary-treasurer, Christopher Jackson as director of city delivery, Manuel L. Peralta Jr. as director of safety and health, Dan Toth as director of retired members, Stephanie Stewart as director of the Health Benefit Plan and James W. “Jim” Yates as director of life insurance.

Number of Members: 291,000 active and retired letter carriers.

Members Work As: City letter carriers.

Industries Represented: The United States Postal Service.

History: In 1794, the first letter carriers were appointed by Congress as the implementation of the new U.S. Constitution was being put into effect. By the time of the Civil War, free delivery of city mail was established and letter carriers successfully concluded a campaign for the eight-hour workday in 1888. The next year, letter carriers came together in Milwaukee and the National Association of Letter Carriers was formed.

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