Donnelly Rips Trump Actions On Healthcare
By Mike Perleberg
Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnely (D).
(Washington) – Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly is among the lawmakers critical of President Donald Trump’s decision to end federal subsidies for insurance companies to lower deductibles and co-pays.
The White House called the payments an unlawful bailout of insurance companies and an example of how the Obama administration abused taxpayer dollars. The subsidies worth about $7 billion are meant to help insurers provide discounted policies for low-income Affordable Care Act customers.
The move could further shake Obamacare insurance markets. Non-partisan experts say the elimination of the payments could cause premiums to rise up to 20 percent, and make health care unaffordable for millions.
Senator Donnelly, a Demcorat, says the Trump Administration’s decision is part of an ongoing effort to undermine access to affordable health care.
“We need to fix the health care system, not make it worse,” Donnelly said in a statement Friday. “We should all agree that we want more accessible and affordable health care, and the way to achieve that is by working together. This is about the health and financial well-being of families in Indiana and across the country, and I remain committed to working with Republicans and Democrats to improve health care.”
In a White House ceremony yesterday, Trump signed a new executive order allowing people to cross state lines to purchase health insurance. Trump insisted that millions of people will start getting relief from Obamacare, which he called a nightmare. He said his executive order will cost the government virtually nothing.
Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul was at the ceremony and called Trump’s action a major free market reform of the health care system.
But Donnelly expressed concern yesterday that the President has said all along that it is his goal for the health care system to explode.
“My top priority is to stabilize the insurance markets, and the best way to do that is to work together to strengthen the health care law. I’m very concerned that the continued desire to push partisan or go-it-alone plans will have the opposite effect, causing many Hoosiers to pay even more for their health care,” said Donnelly.
Donnelly has written a letter to Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, asking that the administration do no harm and work on constructive, bipartisan efforts.