WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s announcement that it plans to allow insurance companies to sell junk insurance plans:

“Even though the Republican-controlled Congress could not overcome popular support for the Affordable Care Act in their efforts to repeal it, the Trump Administration is once again taking steps to sabotage the law. This time, the President is going after the heart of the Affordable Care Act: its consumer protections.  Today’s announced change in policy would allow companies to offer junk plans that cover little and leave patients vulnerable to being denied access to basic benefits.

“Once again, insurance companies could charge women higher rates than men for the same coverage, raise rates for those with pre-existing conditions, drop those who become sick, and deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions.  Moreover, the presence of these plans in health insurance markets will cause premiums to go up for everyone else.  The Affordable Care Act’s consumer protections should apply to all who purchase coverage, and every American deserves the chance to purchase affordable, quality health care coverage without facing discrimination.