Despite failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) last year, Republicans in Congress and the Trump Administration have sought to undermine the law. From deliberately increasing premiums in the GOP tax scam to cutting the open enrollment period by half, Republicans are actively making it harder for middle class Americans to access affordable, quality health care.
This week, Republican increased their sabotage of the Affordable Care Act has hit new levels. Not only has the Trump Administration refused to defend the lawand its protections for people with pre-existing conditions in federal court, but they recently froze payments for one of the ACA’s market stabilization programs, which will further drive up premiums in 2019 and inject instability into health insurance markets. On top of that, the Administration announced plans to slash funding for navigators, making it more difficult for Americans to enroll in health coverage. Instead of improving access to health care families across our nation, the Republicans are undermining the law that expanded coverage to millions, brought down costs, and decreased the uninsured rate in our country.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more than 400,000 Marylanders gained access to affordable health care while the cost of health care was significantly reduced for thousands more. Instead of sabotaging the law, Congress ought to make it work better. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to expand access to affordable, quality health care for all Americans.