CONYERS CONDEMNS TRUMP EFFORTS TO SABOTAGE OBAMACARE; STRIP HEALTHCARE FROM MILLIONS OF AMERICANS
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced that he will be cutting off the Cost-Sharing Reduction payments required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to reduce health insurance payments for millions of Americans. He also issued an executive order that will limit access to care for millions of Americans.
Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13) released the following statement in response:
“President Trump and Republicans in Congress have repeatedly tried to dismantle the Affordable Care Act since its passage and implementation. After many failed attempts to repeal ACA at the congressional level, President Trump has turned to using the presidency to chip away at the ACA’s critical protections.
“The cost-sharing reduction payments that Trump plans to end were required by the ACA in order to help millions of Americans access quality, affordable care. Trump’s childish and cold-hearted maneuver to end these subsidies will cause premiums to rise for many hard working American families and cause insurers to leave the marketplace.
“When Democrats regain a majority it's imperative that we pass and implement a single payer, Medicare for All system that covers all Americans and cannot be tampered with by a petulant president. In the meantime, Republicans in Congress must join Democrats in their efforts to protect and build on the Affordable Care Act’s progress.”
According to the Congressional Budget Office, premiums will increase 25 percent by 2020 without cost-sharing reduction payments.
Read more about the Trump ACA executive order below.
The Trump executive order to sabotage ACA will:
Limit access to comprehensive health coverage, threatening coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
· The ACA requires that most health insurance sold to individuals and small employers be comprehensive and include coverage for essential health benefits; the executive order could unravel these guaranteed benefits.
· Without guaranteed coverage for needed benefits, such as maternity care, mental health treatment and substance use treatment, people may be left with skimpy and inadequate coverage that doesn’t give them access to the care they need and that does not offer adequate financial protection against serious medical conditions.
Undermine health insurance markets and increase costs for consumers.
· Both proposals in the executive order will create an unleveled playing field by allowing certain insurance plans – “short-term” plans and association health plans – to play by different rules.
· As healthier and lower cost consumers get cheap junk plans with skimpy benefits that may not meet their health needs, older, sicker, and higher cost consumers will be left behind with skyrocketing costs for the same coverage.
· The individual and small group insurance markets could spiral into chaos and consumers may be left without any access to affordable insurance options.
Leave consumers in the lurch, allowing back-door discrimination based on pre-existing conditions.
· By expanding short-term coverage, we will return to the days of charging sick people more than healthy people and leaving people with pre-existing conditions without affordable coverage options.
· Both short-term plans and AHPs are not held to the same standards as other insurance. This means consumers may have little recourse for problems or complaints, and no guarantee that they will have the coverage they need when they need it.
· The nonpartisan National Association of Insurance Commissioners has consistently opposed proposals to expand AHPs because they undermine states’ abilities to protect their consumers.