In a meeting to discuss the resident’s 2019 Health and Human Services Budget, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) talked about the “campaign of sabotage” clearly waged by the Trump administration in efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act. (see video below …)
Trump wants to destroy everything Obama touched, it seems, and if purposefully driving up costs of affordable health care, even for sick patients, allows him to get rid of the ACA, then the collateral damage to millions of Americans is just fine, it seems.
It’s similar to what Trump just did, scrapping the Iran nuclear deal. Although most of the experts warned it would be a dangerous move, he did it anyway. Trump doesn’t seem to care as long as he can destroy whatever Obama touched.
Senator Murphy discussed a complaint by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), that there was a difference in payments for Tennessee and the state of Connecticut. Murphy quickly dispatches Alexander’s concern, noting that taxpayers in Connecticut pay significantly more for Medicare and Medicaid, to the tune of roughly 6 thousand dollars.
Next, Citing a quote from the largest health insurance company in Maryland, Murphy makes it clear that even they admit why they will be forced to dramatically increase rates, especially for the sick and vulnerable people that need insurance the most.
The health insurance executive attributed rate increases to “the continuing actions on the part of the administration to systematically undermine the market, and make it almost impossible to carry out our mission.”
Premium rates have gone up by 90% on some of the plans people with ongoing health problems tend to sign up for, called Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans.
Senator Murphy notes that since Trump has moved to offer short-term “junk plans” for longer periods of coverage, healthy people are indeed migrating to those plans, which is leading to the predictable increase in rates for those seeking long-term care.
The sabotage is working, as planned…
Health insurance companies are predicting a “massive migration of healthy people into these short-term plans.”
Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar attempts to make the argument that people on subsidized ACA plans won’t migrate away to junk plans. He, like other Republicans, want us to believe the talking point that people have been “left out in the cold” by the ACA, and they are making junk plans longer term as a necessary alternative. Because they care so much about those people in the cold, you know?
Murphy notes the facts, that despite all of the many ways the Trump administration worked to sabotage the ACA, the same number of people signed up. They still want affordable care, but, as many of us are now finding out, Trump’s sabotage is going to drive up our costs, and that’s exactly what Republican have really intended all along.
The market becomes separated into two groups: healthy and unhealthy. If you aren’t healthy, you are screwed. Welcome to Republican health care.
“At some point, 90% price increases are going to force people off, no matter how big the subsidies get,” says Senator Murphy.
See the video below: