Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08)today led 64 House Democrats to highlight how non-partisan experts and insurers blame President Donald Trump’s actions for the costly spike in health insurance premiums for Americans next year, and urged him to end his campaign of intentional sabotage of the Affordable Care Act.

The Representatives wrote:

“We are deeply concerned by your Administration’s actions, which both trigger higher health insurance premiums as well as undermine access to high-quality, affordable health care for millions of hard-working Americans. The reporting of early filings by health insurers shows that healthcare premiums will rise sharply next year. Their justifications reveal that your Administration’s actions are to blame.

Your Administration ended cost-sharing reduction payments, which help reduce out-of-pocket costs like co-pays and deductibles for low-income exchange enrollees… Insurers are increasing costs to cover the added risk.

You signed H.R. 1, a tax bill that functionally eliminated a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which required Americans to purchase health insurance. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, that is the primary cause of a projected 15 percent increase in premiums in 2019 and will lead to 5 million more uninsured Americans.

Your Administration proposed rules to modify the requirements for the sale of short-term and association health plans, which would allow insurers to sell products that do not constitute true “insurance.”

These efforts are sabotaging our healthcare system. As predicted, early state filings from Virginia and Maryland demonstrate significant premium hikes. In Virginia, for example, one plan option will rise by 64 percent.”

The Representatives sent their letter as a growing number of states, including Virginia, face premium spikes directly attributed by insurers to Trump Administration sabotage. Former Trump Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price previously predicted that Republican actions would drive up Americans’ healthcare costs.

The Trump Administration’s top two health officials, Alex Azar and Seema Verma, deny that GOP sabotage will result in rising premiums, but their claims have been disputed by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and actual requests for large rate increases by insurers.

For the signed copy of the letter click here