Why Environmentalists Should Be Furious About Trumpcare

Healthcare is set to change dramatically under President Donald Trump. While he couldn’t get the Affordable Care Act repealed or replaced, he found a way to undermine it instead. Hello, Trumpcare.

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On Oct. 12, the president issued an executive order to help promote “healthcare choice and competition.” In reality, this order will lead to disastrous impacts on communities of color and low-income families already overburdened by the healthcare system, and by pollution.

Environmentalists should be appalled by it.

The people of Flint, Michigan, are a prime example of those who stand to lose the most. Without access to healthcare, those families are going to have a hard time recovering as they grapple with the public health crisis resulting from drinking lead-contaminated water for years. Or how about people in Houston still dealing with health impacts from Hurricane Harvey’s dirty floodwaters? Or the power plants that spewed toxins into their air long before Harvey?

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Polluted environments have everything to do with healthcare. A person’s health depends on a healthy environment. When their air or drinking water harms them, they’re gonna need a doctor.

And we all know how those doctor’s bills look. They’re bound to look worse if the Trump administration peels back protections under this proposed healthcare system.

Yessenia Funes is climate editor at Atmos Magazine. She loves Earther forever.

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As an environmentalists, I’ve always been suspicious that the medical industrial complex is anti environmental protection. Essentially clean land, water and air would lead to healthier lives, thusly reducing backlog on revenues for health care goods and services. Then I asked myself if that opinion of mine is a bit wacky and conspiratorial. Myself said yes.

On the other hand, reducing access to healthcare is basically one big fuck-it from cradle to grave by the republicans. There are certain environmentalists who look at population control as essential for environmental protection. Are you referring to them? Maybe Trump republicans are secretly those kinds of environmentalists.

I’ve been on the cleanup side or the business end of environmentalism so a healthy population via affordable health care living amongst a healthy environment is good for business. Also, as an independent, Obamacare forced insurance companies to offer actual policies for individuals that covered sickness within or outside the O’care marketplace. Environmentalists and anyone for that matter should read the fine print on any Trump-care that is offered as too good to be true.