Prade Moss was diehard supporter of Donald Trump on the campaign trail, following Trump to an astounding 45 rallies around the country playing his guitar and singing pro-Trump songs. After losing his 24 year old son, Rob, to a heroin overdose in 2014, Trump’s promises to look out for the little guy and do something to help people with addiction resonated.
Now President, Trump’s support for the Republican Trumpcare plan (the American Health Care Act, or AHCA) betrayed Moss’s hopes. Moss is no longer a Trump supporter and told CNN, “I’ve lost my heart.”
Moss believes that his son would still be alive if he had had health insurance, and hoped that Trump’s Obamacare replacement would extend cheap coverage to all who need it. Despite Obamacare being law in 2014, Rob still was uninsured so for deeply personal reasons Moss wanted to patch up the few remaining holes in Obamacare.
Trump campaigned hard in the rust belt and coal country, areas ravaged by the opioid epidemic that rages on.
At one campaign stop, Trump vowed, “We will help all of those people so seriously addicted. We’ll get them assistance.”
Then, he pointed directly to his number one fan, Moss. From the stage, Trump told Moss,
“And I know what you went through. He’s a great father, I can see it. And your son is proud of you, your son is proud of you.”
Now, Trump is trying to push Trumpcare through Congress, a bill that would strip 24 million Americans of their health insurance in just ten years. Trumpcare also revokes the requirement that states with expanded Medicaid cover addiction services.
Trump’s Health Secretary Tom Price says Medicaid isn’t the answer to addiction. But in 2014, one in four people who received addiction treatment were on Medicaid.
Trump is leaving people like Rob Moss out in the cold once again, and the vicious betrayal of his supporters is not lost on Prade Moss.
Moss told CNN,
“I believed everything he said. Now, I don’t believe he was true in his word. I think he was looking for votes, to be honest with you. It’s not at all what Mr. Trump promised he was going to provide for us. And I feel let down. And I feel hurt inside.”
The segment closes with Moss singing a song that he wrote in memory of his son. It’s all he will play now that he has retired his pro-Trump songs for good.
Moss is just one of millions of Americans who put their faith in Trump, only to be betrayed by the conman once he reached office and stacked his cabinet with ruthless cronies.
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Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.