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McCollum Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Cut Off Vital ACA Payments, Spike Premiums

October 13, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement after news reports that President Donald Trump will unilaterally end the Affordable Care Act’s Cost-Sharing Reduction payments, causing premiums for health insurance to spike:

“With Republicans’ destructive health care legislation stalled in Congress, President Trump has apparently decided on a back door sabotage that will dramatically increase costs for families in Minnesota and across America.

“We shouldn’t mince words: ending cost-sharing reduction payments is a spiteful, pointless act by Republicans intent on wreaking havoc and causing pain for as many Americans as possible. The President’s tweets on this issue, suggesting he made this decision solely for political reasons, underscore the meanness of his policies.

“Congress must swiftly take legislative action to ease the damage caused by President Trump’s recklessness. And the American people must hold this President and this Republican Congress accountable for their deliberate attempts to make health care unaffordable for Minnesotans and Americans.”