To the Editor:
President’s State of the Union address was really a campaign speech. Filled with lies, it did not describe the real facts about the state of our union.
Lie No. 1: Healthcare. President Trump boasted that he was protecting Americans with pre-existing illnesses.
Facts: He has been fighting to eliminate these protections all three years in office. Right now this administration is in court attempting to strip care from millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions, and William Barr, our Secretary General, is not defending the law. Only the Democratic party is. A new bill was passed in Congress last March, written by Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, to protect folks with pre-existing illnesses. It’s still waiting for the Senate to do their job, along with 274 other bills passed by Congress.
Lie No. 2: Drug costs: Trump claimed that “…last year that for the first time in 51 years, the cost of prescription drugs actually went down.”
Facts: Prescription drugs costs are rising; name-brand drugs in particular. Trump said if the Congress passes a bill to reduce drug costs, “I will sign it into law immediately.” A bill written by the late Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings, lowering drug prices, passed in Congress last December and is still sitting idle in the Senate.
Lie No. 3: Job growth: President Trump said “We are moving forward at a pace that was unimaginable just a short time ago.”
Facts: More jobs were created by President Obama in the last three years of his presidency than the past three years under Trump, 227,000 jobs per month under Obama vs. 191,000 a month under Trump.
Lie No. 4: Economic growth: "If we had not reversed the failed economic policies of the previous administration, the world would not now be witnessing this great economic success.”
Fact: Our current period of economic growth began under Obama. The economy was not declining when Trump came into office. Listing all the lies in Trump’s speech would require far more space, but I’ve focused on just a few of his distorted “truths,” ones that effect us all, every day.