Trump Actively Trying To Sabotage U.S. Health Care: Report
President Donald Trump and his administration are actively trying to sabotage health care in the U.S. by undermining the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report.
The Washington Post notes that Trump himself turned down Iowa Republicans who sought permission from the federal government to revitalize their health-insurance marketplace.
The newspaper reports that Trump is “hampering state efforts to control premiums,” while his Health and Human Services Department (HHS) has cut grants to organizations that help Americans get insurance coverage.
HHS is actively trying to prevent people from gaining health care coverage by cutting the enrollment time in half, cutting the advertising budget (of enrollment time) by 90 percent and scheduling outages that will cause the HealthCare.gov website to be less available than it was in 2016.
Trump has often threatened to cut funding the cost-sharing reductions that help about 7 million Americans afford health insurance under Obamacare. This uncertainty has caused premiums to increase for 2018, notes The Washington Post.
Democratic Sen. Margaret Wood Hassan of New Hampshire called on the Trump administration to stop its “attempts to sabotage health care markets and raise health care costs for millions.”