Number of Uninsured Ohioans Increased During Trump Administration
COLUMBUS — In the five years since Donald Trump went down the escalator at Trump Tower to kick off his presidential campaign, Ohio has lost nearly 675,000 jobs and had its worst year for jobs since the Great Recession in 2019 — long before the coronavirus crisis hit.
“Donald Trump is desperately trying to take a victory lap on the economy, but what he fails to mention is that 2019 was the worst year for jobs in Ohio since the Great Recession,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “On the day of Trump’s inauguration, the General Motors plant in Lordstown laid off thousands of workers, and the factory eventually shut down early last year. First, Trump told Ohioans that their jobs were ‘all coming back,’ imploring them, ‘Don’t move, don’t sell your house.’ Then Trump said that Lordstown’s closing ‘doesn’t really matter,’ even though Ohio lost thousands of manufacturing jobs last year. As GM was laying off thousands of workers across the country, they actually got a rebate on their federal income taxes thanks to the Trump tax scam. And as Trump has relentlessly attacked the Affordable Care Act, we have seen the number of uninsured Ohioans increase, despite Trump’s pledge that there would be ‘insurance for everybody.’
“Time and time again, Donald Trump has broken his promises, and working Ohioans are paying the price.”
In June 2015, Ohio’s employment stood at more than 5.4 million. In April 2020, Ohio’s employment was about 4.7 million, according to preliminary figures, and that figure has likely declined even further in recent weeks.
Ohio’s April 2020 unemployment rate of 16.8 percent is still several percentage points higher than it was at the height of the Great Recession, when it peaked at 11.1 percent in January 2010.
In addition, the number of uninsured Ohioans has gone up during the Trump administration. In 2016, there were approximately 640,000 Ohioans without health insurance. In 2018, the most recent year available, there were about 744,000 Ohioans who lacked health coverage. Ohio was one of eight states that had an increase in its uninsured rate from 2017 to 2018, as the Trump administration continued to undermine the Affordable Care Act.
Last week the Ohio Democratic Party released a new video on the “Trump Recession.”
America is in a recession. The Trump Recession.
But Ohio’s economic downturn started years ago. pic.twitter.com/85U7gC2USO
— Ohio Dems (@OHDems) June 12, 2020