Can Donald Trump fight Poverty?

The war against poverty has always been a major issue in the United States. However, after Donald Trump’s election as the president of the United States, ending poverty may seem even more impossible. Indeed, Donald Trump has pledged not to trim social security benefits but also plans to cut taxes. The latter obviously favors the rich because they pay more taxes than the poor. With this in mind, the new president’s program is not going to end poverty in the US, and may well increase it.

Further, the major cause for this lack of fighting against poverty is mainly the lack of poor voters. In the last election, 46% of the non-voters had household incomes of less than 30,000 dollars a year, which explains why a president whose policies won’t help the poor was elected.

Nevertheless, although Donald Trump is planning on repealing Obamacare, he does claim that he will replace it with a plan that provides “insurance for everybody.” Replacing Obamacare will, however, be very difficult and Trump’s plan takes a different approach to healthcare, rather than being an exact replacement. For example, republicans spoke about a “universal access” goal instead of Obama’s “universal coverage” goal. Regarding his health care plan, Donald Trump said “[They] can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much-simplified form. Much less expensive and much better” which sounds very promising but no one has yet heard or seen it.

-Hugo B.