STATEMENT: Neera Tanden on Trump Refusal to Fund CSR’s

Washington, D.C. — Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, made the following statement after President Donald Trump announced he will no longer fund cost sharing reduction subsidies that help low-income individuals afford health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have proven they will do everything in their power to take away health care from hardworking Americans. This act of sabotage will drive up premiums, drive away insurers, and incur vast costs for taxpayers. And, once again, it’s the middle class who will pay the price.

This is an unprecedented action: The president of the United States is purposefully hurting millions of the people he is supposed to serve by driving up their health care costs. All to further his petty political agenda and to undo Obamacare.

People will recognize that Trump—who has spent every last second of his presidency trying to tear down the ACA—is the one solely responsible for breaking health care in America, and congressional Republican leaders have stood by and watched him hurt Americans families while refusing to help them.

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