Trump Ordered Health Department To Deny Request To Fix Iowa ObamaCare Market: Report
If there was any doubt that President Donald Trump has been sabotaging the Affordable Care Act, his latest act should put those doubts to rest.
According to a bombshell report by The Washington Post, Trump told the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Seema Varma to deny a request from the Republican-controlled state of Iowa to fix their health-care marketplace.
Iowa officials sought for months to get federal permission to fix health insurance markets in their state, The Post reports, but they were shut down by Trump administration officials.
Trump’s unusual move is a part of the administration’s relentless effort to undermine ObamaCare, political experts say.
The Department of Health and Human Services has reduced the health insurance enrollment time frame by half, cut the advertising budget and has cut funding that helps people receive coverage under ObamaCare.
Democrats have called on the White House to stop sabotaging the health-care law.
Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) said on Friday the administration should halt its “attempts to sabotage health care markets and raise health care costs for millions,” according to the Post.
Senate Republicans and the administration failed twice this year to fulfill a seven-year campaign promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare.