Will Senator Portman Stand Up and Protect His Constituents’ Health Care?
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has confirmed that President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel critical health care payments, known as cost-sharing reduction payments, would create substantial uncertainty in the insurance markets, force premiums to go up by 20 percent next year and 25 percent by 2020, and increase costs to the taxpayer by nearly $200 billion over 10 years. And as cleveland.com reports, Ohio insurers could hike premiums by up to 48% in 2018 if Trump ends the health care payments.
Independent experts, business leaders, insurers and insurance commissioners, and now the CBO all agree that Trump’s sabotage will raise people’s health care costs and threaten people’s health coverage. Defaulting on these payments would be a disaster for Ohioans, who would be forced to the price when their premiums and out-of-pocket costs go up.
Senator Rob Portman is still standing with the Trump administration as it sabotages the current health care law, increases premiums, and adds billions of dollars to the deficit. Poll after poll shows that Americans want President Trump and Republicans to stop sabotaging the current law, and instead work across the aisle on bipartisan solutions to improve our health care system.
Now is the time for Senator Portman to put his constituents’ health care over party politics and work with Democrats on improving our health care system to keep what works and fix what doesn’t.