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


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.

  • Laura Lee

    Wonder if this will have any impact on the Virginia elections coming up?

  • RobertColgan

    The Republicans——not just Trump (who is Republicanism Asylum Style)———-have been trying to undo any type of medical coverage that isn’t paid for purely out of pocket.
    The INSANITY of this (asking for those who have almost nothing to suddenly have large amounts of money to pay for medicine when they get ill) is apparent to anyone who has even an iota of common sense and even a smidgen of compassion——–Republicans appear to have neither.
    And, as everyone with any sanity at all knows, it is FAR more cost effective and far healthier to preventively screen and treat BEFORE conditions develop and worsen….yet there is also NO money available under their watch for such screenings, for preventive care, for early intervention.
    This literally is induced suffering for those without means, and a death sentence for those who could have been treated before disease progression.

    WE NEED MEDICARE FOR ALL——with the monthly premiums scaled directly to wealth, as should also be Social Security scaled to wealth. Those with the gold need to pay more because there are those in society who cannot.
    Instead what we are getting under Republicanism is reverse RobinHoodwinked——— the poor increasingly being demanded to support the already wealthy.

  • Perseus1986

    I have heard that Trump’s main motivation for repealling the ACA (“Obamacare”) is that it is named after Obama and additionally, he approaches every issue by asking what Obama did, then going for the opposite.

    If that is the case, then someone should give Trump a memo showing that Obama was:

    – For extra-judicial killings of U.S. Citizens in foreign countries
    – For the continuation of the drug wars and drug prohibitions
    – For increased rates of deportations to deter new migrants
    – For increased use of testing to measure school performance
    – Against liberalization of marijuana laws
    – Against a single payer health care system