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Twitter Users With Health Conditions Respond to Trump's $750 Tax Bill

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On Sunday, the New York Times published an article revealing what it learned from reviewing two decades of President Donald Trump’s past tax returns, which the newspaper obtained from a credible source. Covering his personal and business tax returns, one of the most talked about aspects of what the Times found centers around how much Trump paid in federal taxes in 2016 and 2017 — $750 each year.

The revelation sparked a conversation on Twitter about many of the inequities in the U.S. that allow rich people like Trump (but not just Trump) to pay less on taxes than many average citizens must pay for necessities like rent, food and health care each month. People with health conditions and disabilities took to Twitter to highlight just how expensive health care in the U.S. is by comparing their medical, device and mental health costs to Trump’s $750 federal tax payment.

Here’s what they shared:

Tweet that reads: In just TWO paychecks I pay as much in taxes as our “president” did. $750. I can’t even afford to buy myself new clothes or shoes and can barely make ends meet. I’ve been off my mental health meds since I turned 26 because no insurance and I can’t afford them anymore.

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Originally published: September 28, 2020
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