What Trump Promised
As a 2016 candidate, Donald Trump made huge promises to Colorado families, claiming that he’d work for them rather than wealthy donors and corporate interests.
He promised to lower drug prices and give Coloradans great health care, including protecting people with pre-existing conditions. He claimed he’d increase wages.
Here’s the Reality
He’s siding with insurance companies to end protections for people with pre-existing conditions, backing a lawsuit to repeal them and promising full repeal after the next election. He’s siding with drug companies as drug prices soar. And he passed a tax bill that gave almost all the benefits to the wealthy and big corporations, that rewarded companies for moving jobs overseas.
Trump launched an all-out attack on our health care by trying to repeal and sabotage the Affordable Care Act.
Trump’s economic policies are delivering huge giveaways to the wealthy at the expense of Colorado families.
Blocking a Minimum Wage Increase
Trump said he would veto an increase in the federal minimum wage, which would have given a raise to nearly 40 million people nationwide.
Most of Trump’s $2 trillion tax cut goes to corporations and the rich. Many Colorado families are getting stuck with the bill.
Trump's Broken Promise
“We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud. [Dreamers] got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs.”
—Donald Trump, November 28, 2016
- Colorado Dreamers are crucial to the state’s economy. They pay more than $270 million in federal taxes, over $130 million in state and local taxes, and spend $1.2 billion on goods and services, boosting the economy.
- In 2019, 44 million people nationwide owe $1.56 trillion in student loan debt.
- 357,800 people in Colorado owe more than $20,000 in student loans, which is 48.6% of all borrowers, and 43.9% are over the age of 35.
- Despite Trump’s promises to fix it, the Trump administration has made things harder, and actually tried to cap the amount of loans borrowers can take out, and shrink the number of repayment plans available to them.