Donald Trump and the GOP have spent this entire year attacking the American people’s health care. Time and time again, they tried to pass Trumpcare, which would have gutted not just the Affordable Care Act, but Medicaid as well. Every time, grassroots activists around the country responded with massive resistance. That resistance has been able to stop several iterations of Trumpcare.
Having failed to pass a terrible health care repeal bill through legislative means, Trump is now taking a different tack. Yesterday, he announced that he would be taking several steps to undermine and sabotage the ACA. He will be cutting off the Affordable Care Act’s cost sharing payments, which will destabilize the insurance markets and lead to higher premiums for millions of Americans.
The CBO reports that cutting off payments would increase premiums 25 percent by 2020 and cause 1 million Americans to become uninsured. But that’s not enough for Donald Trump. He has also issued an executive order that allows insurance companies to sell “garbage plans” that don’t cover pre-existing conditions or basic health care needs.
This is a recipe for disaster in the ACA marketplaces. Trump’s elimination of the cost sharing payments will drive up premiums and could force many consumers to buy the new “garbage plans,” the only ones they can afford. But if they get sick or have an accident, those plans will fail them.