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Accountability | Pennsylvania

After Ignoring Warnings, Trump’s Negligence Flames Coronavirus Outbreak in Pennsylvania

By Cole Driver on March 26, 2020.

President Trump was warned by his own intelligence officials in January that COVID-19 was an imminent threat faced should the virus catalyze within U.S. borders,  and instead of taking immediate action to prevent further spread of the disease, the president continued to publicly deny it’s very existence. 

Accountability | Pennsylvania

In Scranton, President Trump Doubles Down On Threat to Slash Medicare & Social Security

By Cole Driver on March 6, 2020.

In a town hall on Fox News in Scranton, Pennsylvania last night, President Donald Trump admitted - for the second time in recent months - that he will seek to cut Medicare and Social Security if reelected to a second term.

Health Care | Pennsylvania

Trump Lawsuit Could Skyrocket Healthcare Costs, Kick 858,000 Pennsylvanians Off Insurance

By Cole Driver on March 3, 2020.

As President Trump travels to Pennsylvania on Thursday for a Fox News town hall, the Supreme Court has signaled it will hear the case for a Trump-backed lawsuit that could potentially strip millions from their health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, including over 850,000 Pennsylvanians.

Accountability | Pennsylvania

President Trump Admits He Wants to Slash Pennsylvania’s Medicare, Social Security Programs

By Cole Driver on January 24, 2020.

On Wednesday, President Trump admitted that, if elected to a second term, he will seek to cut the budgets for vital entitlement programs like Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid -- which millions of Americans rely upon every day.
When asked in an interview with CNBC if he would consider budget cuts to programs like Medicare, President Trump sharply answered yes. “At some point they will be,” Trump said. “At the right time, we will take a look at that.”

Health Care | Pennsylvania

Despite Campaign Promises, President Trump Aims to Gut Funding From Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid for Pennsylvania Families

By Cole Driver on July 15, 2019.

During his campaign for president in 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump repeatedly stated that, if elected, he would not make cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security, essential healthcare and retirement programs utilized by tens of millions of low-income and senior Americans every year. 
 
“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid,” Trump said in 2015.
 
But for all his promises, that’s exactly what President Donald Trump is trying to do. 

Economy | Pennsylvania

Hundreds of Pennsylvania Workers Laid Off by Companies While CEOs Reap Rewards of Trump Tax Bill

By Cole Driver on July 15, 2019.

Three companies with operations in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, laid off hundreds of workers since the start of 2018, sending jobs out of the country and closing plants while paying their CEOs multimillion-dollar salaries.

An analysis by the American Ledger shows that the tax cuts passed by the then-Republican Congress and signed by Trump in 2017 gave executives a boost but squeezed middle-class workers in this county, centered around Wilkes-Barre in the Pocono Mountains.

Trade | Pennsylvania

Trump’s Trade War is Wreaking Havoc On the Economic Security of Erie County Dairy Farmers

By Cole Driver on July 15, 2019.

In March 2018, dairy farmers in Erie County, Pennsylvania, received an unanticipated notice in the mail. Dean Foods, a local dairy processor in the area, which bought products from over 40 dairy farmers across Pennsylvania, gave farmers a 90-day notice that they would no longer be purchasing their products. 

Two months later, Dean Foods closed its Meadowbrook Dairy, and laid off over 100 employees in favor of shipping their business to a Wal-Mart-owned dairy operation in Indiana. 

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