Press Release: Congress Fails to Address Devastating Consequences of President Trump’s Health Care Sabotage

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Contact: Morgan Williams Grogan, morgan.williams@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

Congress Fails to Address Devastating Consequences of President Trump’s Health Care Sabotage

Washington, DC – In response to the release of the omnibus spending bill, Health Care for America Now Co-Directors Ethan Rome and Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“Passing an Affordable Care Act (ACA) stabilization bill should be a no-brainer, but Congressional Republicans have once again abandoned everyday Americans who will continue to see their premiums rise and consumer protections erode. After many failed attempts to repeal the ACA and President Trump’s unrelenting efforts to sabotage the law, Congressional Republicans actually had a chance to undo some of that damage and strengthen the law instead of making disastrous changes that only increase premiums and decrease access to quality insurance. Instead, they decided to play more partisan games with our health care by proposing measures that would ban abortion instead of fixing premiums. 

“Members of Congress have left their constituents to face the harsh consequences of President Trump’s systematic dismantling of the ACA and their own reckless votes to repeal the ACA instead of fixing the mess they created. Congress must pass a health care stabilization bill that includes funding for cost sharing reduction payments and increased tax credits to ensure American families do not face higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs because of Trump’s reckless actions. Anything short of that is not just bad policy; it’s politically foolish.

“The recent special election in Pennsylvania put members of Congress on notice: voters will not stand for Republicans’ efforts to dismantle the ACA, take away their health care or increase costs. It’s time for their elected representatives to pay attention.” 

 

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Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is the national grassroots coalition that ran a $60 million five-and-a-half year campaign from 2008-2013 to pass, protect, and promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and protect Medicare and Medicaid. HCAN has come back together to fight the Republicans’ all-out effort to take away America’s health care and put people at the mercy of the health insurance companies again.