This Halloween, what's really getting Americans' skin to crawl?
Clowns, climate change, and nuclear war are all drumming up fears in the hearts of Americans — but apparently not as much as the prospect of losing health insurance.
Halloween masks of Donald Trump. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images.
<h2>An annual <a href="https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/2017/10/11/americas-top-fears-2017/" target="_blank">survey</a> by Chapman University found that many respondents considered "Trumpcare" to be some truly spooky legislation.</h2><p>According to the study, which gauged how fearful respondents were on 80 different topics — ranging from crime and the environment, to personal anxieties and technology — <strong>Trumpcare was the second most-feared item on the list, behind only "corrupt government officials." </strong></p><p>Out of the 1,207 adults polled across the U.S., <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/10/20/what-americans-are-afraid-of-in-the-age-of-trump/?utm_term=.e7ff961b581f" target="_blank">55.3% of Americans</a> reported being either "afraid" or "very afraid" of the GOP's attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). </p><p>That's more than <em>double</em> the percentage of those who reported being fearful of sharks, public speaking, and even <em>death itself</em>. </p><p class="shortcode-media shortcode-media-rebelmouse-image"><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTUzMjI2MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyMDc1Njc1NX0.0FpH_Ce3dex67veQcKvdx6rZWrGAlQqnBNqHVR9uvwg/img.jpg?width=980" id="25fc7" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="04244e70ba1c2d04476d06aa9bad1038" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"><small class="image-media media-caption" placeholder="add caption...">Graphic courtesy of Chapman University.</small></p><p>Obamacare also made an appearance in the survey, although it's much further down the list. The current law of the land (which has helped provide health insurance to roughly <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/health/obamacare-health-insurance-numbers-nchs.html" target="_blank">20 million people</a>) still sends a chill down the spines of <a href="https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/2017/10/11/americas-top-fears-2017/" target="_blank">33.9% of Americans</a>. That figure marks a significant drop from last year — before Trump took office — when Obamacare was the 10th most feared item. Now, it's #29.</p><p>"The 2017 list of fears clearly reflects political unrest and uncertainty in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president," the university <a href="https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/2017/10/11/americas-top-fears-2017/" target="_blank">noted</a>, pointing to increased anxieties shared by many Americans on health care, nuclear war with North Korea, and the consequences of climate change.</p><h2>What's so scary about Trumpcare?</h2><p>The survey didn't ask respondents about <em>why, </em>exactly, any specific item gave them goosebumps. But it's not too surprising Trumpcare gives Americans the heebie-jeebies.</p><p class="shortcode-media shortcode-media-rebelmouse-image"><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTUzMjI2NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMDAwMzQ1OX0.Ml238nB232gu9hFhv1XTJyp8yyq0o-PNQ0SJFH2MuJc/img.jpg?width=980" id="0fc01" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="d27760dfa4ee564428fd6d2104b6e712" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"><small class="image-media media-caption" placeholder="add caption...">A jack-o-lantern carved into the face of Trump. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images.</small></p><p>There've been multiple (failed) versions of health care legislation drafted by Senate Republicans — all vaguely falling under the term "Trumpcare" — with each one involving <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-medicaid-medicare-ahca-trumpcare-bcra-healthcare-news-2017-6" target="_blank">massive cuts to Medicaid</a> and overhauling many of the protective provisions guaranteed through the Affordable Care Act. Every bill proposed would have resulted in <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2017/09/25/cbo-graham-cassidy-trumpcare-bill-reduce-coverage-for-millions/#6043a3e27966" target="_blank">tens of millions of Americans</a> losing their health care coverage one way or another, CBO estimates found. </p><p><strong>Frustrated with a flailing Congress, however, Trump is determined to dismantle the Affordable Care Act on his own. </strong>Earlier this month, the White House announced it was scrapping subsidies for health care companies that help provide insurance to low-income Americans. Without the federal government's help, premiums will likely spike, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/us/politics/trump-obamacare-executive-order-health-insurance.html?_r=0" target="_blank">hitting poorer Americans hardest</a>. The Trump administration is also hellbent on <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/09/28/heres-how-the-trump-administration-is-hurting-enrollment-in-obamacare/?utm_term=.d2d26496bf98" target="_blank">ensuring Obamacare enrollment drops</a>, slashing budgets for advertising that notifies people in need of health care when they can sign up for Obamacare exchanges. Now <em>that's</em> spooky. </p><p>Clowns and sharks may fuel nightmares, but losing health care is what is <em>really</em> keeping Americans up at night. </p>
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