Trump Goes Back on Promises to “Take Care” of Inner City, Rural, and Rust Belt Voters

Trump Pledge Broken by Pullback on Medicaid Expansion and Proposed Cuts to HUD Budget

On March 9, 2017 Slate reported on President Donald Trump’s “Broken Pledge” to inner city, rural and rust belt voters.

“During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump issued regular promises to ‘take care’ of ordinary Americans. He mentioned two groups in particular: the inner-city poor (who, for Trump, were a synecdoche for black Americans) and the rural and Rust Belt victims of the opioid crisis.”

But now that he is in office, President Trump has broken his pledge and is going back on his promises.

“On opioid addiction, Trump has committed his administration to the exact opposite of what he’s promised. Medicaid, the joint state-federal health program for poor and low-income Americans, is an integral part of the fight against the still-rising opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic, which contributed to tens of thousands of overdose deaths in 2015.”

And with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there will be a pullback on critical expanded Medicaid funding that has helped so many very low-income access health care, often for the first time in their lives.

New Jersey is one of the 31 states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA. Across the country, 1.2 million people gained coverage for substance abuse treatment.

New Jersey Policy Perspective reported that repealing the Medicaid expansion would terminate health coverage for about 550,000 low-income New Jerseyans and cost the state about $3 billion in federal funds each year.

Our country’s cities would be devastated by the Trump administration’s proposed budget “The picture for cities is as bleak. According to budget documents obtained by the Washington Post, the White House is mulling more than $6 billion in cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development … These cuts, which amount to 14 percent of HUD’s budget, would fall hardest on public housing residents as well as recipients of housing vouchers. They would slash $1.3 billion from funds for repairing public housing units, $300 million from rental assistance payments (including vouchers for homeless veterans), and $4 billion in community planning and development grants, eliminating programs to combat urban decline and poverty.”

Sociologist Matthew Desmond wrote in his book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, “Three in four families who qualified for assistance received nothing.”

And Desmond wrote his book before Trump’s Administration proposed these devastating HUD budget cuts. “The cuts proposed by Trump would mean more housing instability and concentrated poverty, fewer opportunities for cities and localities to develop and provide affordable housing.”

Slate Article

HUD Budget Cuts

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

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