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How Trumpcare Would Hurt The President’s Working-Class Base More Than Almost Anyone Else

In the heart of Trump country, voters supported him by a ratio of 2-1. But for hundreds of thousands, the ACA has been a lifesaver.

President Trump spoke at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia on July 24, joining a long list of presidents who have spoken to the huge meeting of Boy Scouts, troop leaders, and volunteers. The visit was not surprising, as West Virginia, in the center of Appalachia, is overwhelmingly Trump country.

It is also at the center of the nation’s opioid epidemic, with a rate of nearly 42 overdose deaths per 100,000, more than double the national average. Indeed, on Aug. 15, 2016, Huntington, home of Marshall University, experienced more than two dozen overdoses in a span of just four hours.

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