Statement from Congressman Denny Heck on executive order to end cost-sharing reductions for health insurance
WASHINGTON, D.C. – After the administration announced that President Trump would stop cost-sharing reductions that help seven million Americans afford health care coverage, U.S. Representative Denny Heck (WA-10) issued the following statement:
“I condemn the President’s action to undermine the health insurance marketplace in the strongest terms possible. It is wrongheaded and frankly, just plain mean. It will spike the cost of premiums purchased through the state exchanges and will cause insurance to become unaffordable to countless of our neighbors.
“This is a purposeful sabotage of the Affordable Care Act and the consequences are no mystery — people will be hurt.
“It is now the job of Congress to double down on the bipartisan efforts currently underway to improve the Affordable Care Act and avert the disastrous effects of the President’s executive order.”
Heck is a cosponsor of H.R. 3748, the Medicare Buy-In Health Care Stabilization Act, which would allow Americans ages 50-64 to buy into Medicare, enacts new steps to stabilize the individual market, and requires the Department of Health and Human Services negotiate volume discounts on prescription drugs for all Medicare beneficiaries. Heck is also a cosponsor of H.R.3258, the Marketplace Certainty Act, which would permanently fund Cost Sharing Reductions subsidies (CSRs) to help prevent health care from becoming unaffordable for American families and bring financial stability to the health care marketplace (the Washington Health Plan Finder).
On March 22, Congressman Heck spoke on the House floor and urged his colleagues to vote against the American Health Care Act. He also spoke on the House floor against repealing the Affordable Care Act previously, telling Marty’s story on January 13, telling Shirley and Sarah’s story on February 3, telling Baby Gracie’s story on February 14, , and reading Sherry’s letter on March 8. Congressman Heck also invited Kelty Pierce to share her story with Congress as a guest for the President’s Joint Address to Congress.