American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates released the following statement after a leaked Trump Administration memo proved that Donald Trump intentionally abused his executive authority to undermine the American healthcare system and needlessly raised out-of-pocket healthcare costs in order to help persuade Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA):
“Donald Trump has been caught red-handed: he drove-up healthcare costs on American families in an attempt to end Obamacare,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “Far from providing less expensive care to ‘everyone’ or fighting to reduce the economic burdens faced by the ‘forgotten men and women’ – as he promised – we now know that Donald Trump made the cost of healthcare soar for untold thousands on purpose. It is imperative that Congress and the HHS inspector general get to the bottom of this damning revelation immediately.”
According to the Trump Administration’s own data, average premiums for benchmark silver plans on the health insurance marketplaces increased 37% after Trump ignored warnings from healthcare experts and cut-off funding critical to helping working families afford health coverage, among a litany of other executive actions that hurt the ACA.
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