Tom Price and Donald Trump are sabotaging health insurance markets across the country, all in the name of partisan politics, and the country is paying the price. Today, rather than owning up to his efforts and finally reversing course on behalf of the public’s best interests, Price instead dodged pressing questions and offered zero details on the Senate Trumpcare legislation that, like the House companion, will strip millions of their insurance. Meanwhile, even Republicans like Senator Lamar Alexander are urging the Administration to fund the Affordable Care Act cost-sharing subsidies that are critical and guaranteeing that 7 million working Americans can have access to healthcare, as well as to the overall stability of health insurance markets across the country.
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“Donald Trump’s undermining of the Affordable Care Act is resulting in spiking costs and fewer choices at a time when the public needs relief and greater access,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “Today Tom Price shamefully hid behind a sham, taxpayer-funded lawsuit between a Republican Congress and a Republican Administration instead of owning-up to their reckless behavior and providing a real path forward. That’ can’t continue. It’s past time for the Trump Administration to put people first and stop sabotaging the Affordable Care Act just so they can cut taxes for the wealthy.”
The national leadership of the health insurance industry, as well as medical care providers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have all appealed to Donald Trump to remove the volatility that he has unnecessarily jolted health insurance markets across the country with by threatening to cut-off Affordable Care Act funding. Insurance companies have also cited this when announcing rate hikes and withdrawals from marketplaces.
Trump himself has said that this is a political maneuver intended to pressure members of Congress into supporting Trumpcare, which would cost 23 million people their health insurance, gut coverage for Americans suffering from pre-existing conditions like cancer, and remove over $800 billion from Medicaid in order to afford new tax breaks for the richest Americans – including Trump himself.