After months of attempting — and failing — to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) legislatively President Trump has unilaterally acted to sabotage the health care law, risking the health care coverage of millions of Americans. On Thursday, after signing an executive order that will destabilize the ACA marketplaces and gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions, Trump announced that he is pulling the plug on payments that help keep health insurance affordable for millions of Americans.
For Ohio’s Future State Director Antonia Webb issued the following statement in response:
“President Trump’s latest actions to sabotage the Affordable Care Act will have a direct and devastating impact on the thousands of Ohioans who benefit under the health care law. Cutting off these payments will lead to higher premiums, forcing patients to pay higher out of pocket costs, and, in many cases, make insurance unaffordable altogether. Ohioans have repeatedly made clear that they want Congress and the administration to work to improve the Affordable Care Act, not destabilize the law through reckless partisan attacks.”
Experts have estimated that Trump’s previous threats to end the payments — known as cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments — have already led to premium increases. A Protect Our Care report found that at least 20 states including Ohio attribute rate increases to uncertainty over whether the Trump administration would make CSR payments. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office also finds that ending the payments will increase the federal deficit.
The administration’s announcement comes as Republicans in Congress are pushing through a budget resolution that would gut health care spending, including deep cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, to help pay for tax cuts that primarily benefit the wealthy.