For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Trump Holds Health Care of Millions Hostage in Desperate Attempt to Get Votes for Repeal
The following statement in response to President Trump’s threat to take away Americans’ health care as part of a political ploy to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can be attributed to Margarida Jorge and Ethan Rome, co-directors of Health Care for America Now (HCAN).
“After failing to achieve one of his top political goals, Donald Trump’s latest desperate and cynical ploy for repeal would hold the health care of millions of Americans hostage and threaten them with higher premiums.
“Donald Trump should be about upholding the law — not sabotaging
it. He should be about helping people, not taking away their health care. Trump’s latest political stunt is unconscionable. Like it or not, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, and people’s lives are depending on it.”
Specifically, Trump has said the administration may stop paying the ACA’s Cost-Sharing Reduction payments — which save consumers thousands of dollars a year — if Democrats won’t come to the bargaining table to discuss repeal. Average premiums would have to go up by 19 percent for silver plans if the cost-sharing payments were stopped. Trump’s reckless stunt could leave consumers without coverage, cause insurers to leave markets and destabilize the Obamacare marketplaces.
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.