What Trump Promised
As a 2016 candidate, Donald Trump made huge promises to Pennsylvania families, claiming that he’d work for them rather than wealthy donors and corporate interests.
He promised to lower drug prices and give Pennsylvania 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’s Broken Promise
"We'll create quality, reliable, affordable health care in a free market where parents can make the health care decisions that they really want to make for their families. It will be a much better health care at a much less cost.”
—Donald Trump in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, November 1, 2016
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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania families are getting stuck with the bill.
- Experts predict Trump’s erratic steel and aluminum trade policies will result in job losses of close to 180,000 nationally, including close to 14,000 jobs in Pennsylvania, many of which are in the manufacturing sector.
- Three Pennsylvania manufacturing hubs—Pittsburgh, Scranton, and Harrisburg—are in the top 50 hardest hit communities in the country from Trump’s erratic trade policies.
- Pittsburgh steelmaker, Ampco Pittsburgh Corp., lost $7 million due to Trump’s trade policies in one quarter last year.
- American Keg Company’s manufacturing facility in Pottstown cut staff by one-third due to Trump’s trade policies.
- Close to 20 large Pennsylvania employers laid off 2,700 workers last year, including MEPCO, which shut down a coal mine; Dover Corp., which shut down a pump manufacturing facility; Johnson & Johnson, which shuttered its insulin pump maker; and Pittsburgh Glass Works, which closed an automotive glass manufacturing plant.
Trump’s Broken Promise
"Our kids are going into life with massive debt that many of them feel they’ll never be able to pay off. We have to help them."
—Donald Trump in Chester Township, PA, September 22, 2016
- In 2019, 44 million people nationwide owe $1.56 trillion in student loan debt.
- 832,000 people in Pennsylvania owe more than $20,000 in student loans, which is 48.1% of all borrowers, and 38.3% 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.