Democratic presidential candidates are busy preparing for the third major debate where they may again discuss healthcare, which has dominated the two previous debates and the number one issue for voters.
But ahead of the Houston debate on Thursday, doctors are reminding Americans what is at stake if the current administration and its plans for healthcare are carried into a second term.
“We’re here in Houston because the whole world is watching,” Dr. Rob Davidson, an emergency physician and executive director for Committee to Protect Medicare and Affordable Care, said at a news conference near Hermann Park on Wednesday. “The world is watching whether the U.S. is going to choose affordable quality care, or continue to peel back the social safety net from the elderly, the sick and the middle class.”
Flanked by doctors and members that make up part of the nationwide advocacy group, Davidson said more than seven million Americans have lost their health insurance since 2017.
The numbers, cited from a Gallup survey from earlier this year, confirm what many Democrats and medical experts have long warned of: as the Trump administration dismantles Obamacare piece by piece without a substitute in place (or even being considered), more and more Americans are losing health insurance and getting bankrupt by medical bills. And doctors are seeing the results on the ground.
“I practice at a place where the uninsured population is about two-thirds of every patient we see,” Dr. Cedric Dark, an emergency physician who works in Houston told the Signal.