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Virginia Democrats Rip Trump’s Sabotage of the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare”

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Virginia Democrats weigh in on Trump’s sabotage of the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare.”

STATEMENT: Dr. Ralph Northam On Trump’s Healthcare Executive Order

Richmond — After months of uncertainty, the White House yesterday announced that it would end key cost-sharing subsidies made to insurers who participate in the Affordable Care Act. The payments reimburse insurers for lowering out-of-pocket costs for customers, and ending them could destabilize the Affordable Care Act and U.S. insurance market, putting one-sixth of the economy at risk. The announcement follows an executive order allowing insurers to offer plans without protections for people with preexisting conditions, flouting an ACA requirement.

Dr. Ralph Northam today released the following statement in response to the president’s deliberate move to destabilize the Affordable Care Act and the coverage it provides to Virginians:

“President Trump needs to look into his heart and find a way to help millions of Americans preserve their access to quality and affordable healthcare. His deliberate effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act and destabilize the insurance market is unconscionable as it is putting lives at risk.

“As a doctor, I am floored by this action to end the cost sharing subsidies that have put quality healthcare within reach for millions of Americans who didn’t have it before. Once again, we are staring down the possibility that people will be forced to choose between their health and putting food on the table. Healthcare is a right. No individual or family should be one medical illness from financial demise.

“For too long, Republican leaders have allowed President Trump to play politics with people’s lives. No more. It is time for leaders on both sides of the aisle to put a stop to the uncertainty and work on stabilizing and building on the Affordable Care Act’s progress.

“I am calling on Ed Gillespie to join me in fighting for the healthcare of hundreds of thousands of Virginians who are once again facing the threat of losing their coverage for the scoring of political points. Virginians deserve a leader who will fight policies detrimental to this commonwealth. I urge him to join me in pushing President Trump to empathize for the Virginians and Americans who are jeopardized by this action, before it is too late.”

 

13th House of Delegates district Democratic nominee Danica Roem

In 2014, Delegate Bob Marshall (R-13) signed on to a lawsuit to kill the Affordable Care Act and all of its coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, four years after he misled the public about the law itself.

This year, Del. Marshall voted against expanding Medicaid to cover 3,700 of his uninsured constituents who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line (less than $18K a year), which forces parents and single adults alike to have to choose between neglecting their health care and a pile of debt, while we send billions of dollars to the federal government that we don’t receive back.

Delegate Marshall endorsed Donald Trump last year in an op-ed for ConservativeHQ, in which he made the conservative case for electing him, and evencampaigned for him.

And Del. Marshall still supports President Trump, saying earlier this year, “I support the president on this issue” when he tried to strip health care coverage and the ability to service from members of the military who are transgender.

Through his actions as a legislator and his rhetoric as a politician, Del. Marshall has enabled the president of the United States to threaten affordable health care coverage for millions of people across the country, include many here in Virginia.
Del. Marshall’s policies and politics mirror those of President Trump, which harm Virginia families, individual Virginians and our commonwealth’s economic security.

As the Democratic nominee for the 13th District of the Virginia House of Delegates, I’ll work relentlessly throughout the next 3.5 weeks to soundly defeat Del. Marshall so the people of the 13th District will be represented by a delegate who will vote to provide quality, affordable health insurance to families and individuals who need a helping hand.

As delegate, I’ll vocally oppose any effort from the federal government to make affordable, quality health insurance even more out of reach.

And as delegate, I’ll work here in Virginia to make sure the next Democratic presidential nominee soundly defeats President Trump.