The United States of Debt

Trump Isn’t Going to Help With Your Debt

In fact, he might make it worse.

This article supplements the United States of Debt, our third Slate Academy. Please join Slate’s Helaine Olen as she explores the reality of owing money in America. To learn more and to enroll, visit

Over the five episodes of our series, we’ve discussed why it’s so hard for Americans to escape debt. In the sixth and last episode of United States of Debt, a Slate Academy, host Helaine Olen explains where we go from here.

How could the Trump administration potentially affect people struggling with student loans, credit card debt, medical bills, and underwater mortgages? And what should we do now?

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