Veterans and their families overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump in the election. Since part of his platform was to repeal Obamacare I wonder what they would think if they knew that almost 500,000 Veterans have benefitted from Obamacare as it enabled them to get insurance that they would otherwise have not been able to get.
The Veterans Administration Health Program doesn’t cover every veteran. After Obamacare was instituted there was a 40% drop in uninsured veterans. Had the Republican states expanded Medicare there would have been even fewer uninsured.
According to NPR,
Veterans with the lowest incomes saw the greatest increase in coverage, especially in states that adopted Medicaid expansion. Vets with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or $16,394 a year for an individual, became eligible for Medicaid in expansion states, the report notes.
Facts matter and veterans, like so many others, voted against their self-interest. A knee-jerk vote doesn’t serve anyone. -Jan Harrison