Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Trump Administration's Executive Actions to Undermine Healthcare

Oct 12, 2017 Issues: Health Care

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement today in response to President Trump’s executive order designed to undermine and sabotage Americans’ access to quality, affordable healthcare. The executive order is meant to drive Americans into lower quality health insurance plans and prompt healthy people to exit insurance markets, which would cause premiums to increase for millions of Americans across the country.

“Since he first announced his campaign for the presidency, I’ve heard President Trump falsely claim dozens of times that the Affordable Care Act was collapsing. Today, I am in disbelief that the President would so blatantly sabotage America’s healthcare system in order to make that falsehood a reality. His executive order will create a loophole that would allow insurers to sell watered-down insurance plans that do not cover essential health benefits like pregnancy coverage, mental healthcare, and cancer screenings. It dismantles coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions and further disadvantages the sick and middle class. This executive order is a giant step backwards to a time where getting sick could bankrupt a family and people with pre-existing conditions couldn’t find coverage. This is a reckless, highly-political decision, one that puts the lives and well-being of all Americans at risk,” said Congressman Ryan.

The executive order comes after President Trump and the Department of Health and Human Services gutted millions in funding for the Affordable Care Act’s in-person outreach program, which has helped the nation’s most vulnerable populations sign up for coverage and keep costs down for