Apr 27 2017
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement in reaction to a new Covered California report showing the potential effects of sabotaging the Affordable Care Act:
“The Covered California report released today shows the devastating consequences for California families if the Trump administration doesn’t enforce the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and make payments to insurers that reduce co-pays for low-income families.
“As public servants, our job is to solve problems, not make them worse. It’s outrageous that the Trump administration would consider hurting Americans to advance a political argument by sabotaging the individual health insurance market nationwide.
“In California, monthly premiums would increase by as much as 49 percent, causing 340,000 consumers to lose their health insurance. The increase would hit hardest the 1.2 million Californians in the individual market who don’t currently receive financial help with their premiums. They would pay the full cost of the increase.
“This sobering report makes clear the real-life consequences of undermining the Affordable Care Act. Democrats will do all we can to protect the law and make it better, not worse.”