The Hill Op-ed: Trump rollbacks causing premature deaths should not be celebrated

Imagine that the U.S. government decided to abolish all airline safety regulations and toxic waste disposal rules. The White House could issue a press release, touting billions of dollars in compliance cost savings for regulated companies. But few would be fooled by cost statistics that ignored the very purpose of those regulations, which benefit society enormously by helping avoid tragic plane crashes and toxic hazards.

The Trump administration is currently trying to pull a very similar ruse, promoting its ongoing evisceration of health, environmental, and consumer safeguards by celebrating cost reductions, while deliberately ignoring and concealing the great harms it is inflicting on American communities.

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