In an interview with CNN host Alisyn Camerota, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) asserted President Donald Trump’s health care plan would hurt Americans, but Obamacare has not caused any harm.
“Well, first of all, Obamacare is not hurting people. In fact, what would have really hurt people was if we passed Trumpcare,” Van Hollen announced in response to Trump’s criticism of Obamacare. “We know from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that it would have thrown tens of millions of Americans off of affordable care.”
Camerota contested Van Hollen, noting its disapproval among many Americans.
“Nobody has said it’s perfect. We’ve said from the very beginning we need to improve the exchanges,” Van Hollen replied. “The first order of business is for the president to stop trying to sabotage the exchanges. There are a couple things that are totally within the power of the Trump administration.”
Additionally, Van Hollen argued that the rising premiums is a direct result of Trump’s proposal to eliminate cost-sharing subsidies. Therefore, insurance companies are reacting to the market uncertainty.
“The cost-sharing payments that you just mentioned — those have been going on for a long time — he’s threatened to cut them off. That has created uncertainty and that’s why you have insurance companies threatening to increase premiums,” Van Hollen added.
Van Hollen advocated for the individual mandate of the ACA which saves money for insurance companies so they are not only forced to provide for the sick. He also criticized Trump for publicly advertising the federally-run exchanges.
“Make sure you advertise the fact that the exchanges are now open and people should enroll,” Van Hollen highlighted, urging legislators to put effort into maintaining the exchanges instead of denouncing them.
First reported by The Blaze.