Congresswoman Johnson Unveils New Report: GOP Health Care Sabotage Hitting Families With Staggering New Costs
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson highlighted a new study from the Center for American Progress showing that Republican efforts to undermine existing health care laws protecting Americans have saddled hard-working families in every Congressional district with soaring new costs. These efforts have included legislation to sabotage the health marketplaces, executive actions to cut off key stabilization payments, slashing the enrollment period in half and forcing families into insufficient health insurance plans that don’t cover essential benefits or protect people with pre-existing conditions. Through their push for these policies, Republicans carry responsibility for rising health insurance premiums across America.
“At every turn, Republicans have pressed their harmful sabotage campaign to raise Texans’ health costs and reduce their coverage,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “It is disheartening that the Republican health care agenda has led to attacks on Texans with pre-existing conditions, double-digit premium increases and inadequate, junk coverage plans for families at the same time they hike prescription drug costs for Texans. It is a grave mistake to believe Texans’ health care is safe as long as Republicans control Washington.”
After Republicans triggered premium hikes of an average of 37 percent nationally in 2018, GOP health care disruption is now set to hit Texas families with soaring new costs in 2019. The district-by-district report finds that the health care sabotage provisions included in the GOP tax bill and the Trump Administration’s effort to push families into junk health insurance plans is having a stark impact on premiums across the 30th Congressional District of Texas in 2019:
· A family of four will see an annual marketplace premium that is $3,410 higher.
· A 55-year-old couple will see an annual premium $3,760 higher on average.
· An unsubsidized 40-year-old will pay an annual extra $1,080 on average.
According to new data released by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Americans have indicated their preference for representatives who support protections for pre-existing conditions. This poll also shows they are attributing the raise in health care costs to Trump and Republicans following their efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act.
“Democrats are fighting for the people, I am proud to be part of this effort,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “Our agenda begins with a strong, detailed plan to lower the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs and includes proposals to strengthen Medicare, Medicaid and the health care of millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions. This is what I believe is best for District 30 and the country.”
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