President Trump pushed for a lower-cost, Obamacare relief package this week; urging GOP lawmakers to get behind his plans to offer cheaper, less comprehensive plans than those required under his predecessor’s failing healthcare law.
According to Fox News, the Trump administration pushed the revised guidelines to the nation’s largest insurance providers Tuesday, hoping “alternative plans” would help lower premiums and drive down costs in the highly regulated marketplace.
The new plan also allows insurers to raise prices to individuals who have a problematic medical history.
“We need to be opening up more affordable alternatives,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters. “It’s one step in the direction of providing Americans with alternatives that are both more affordable and more suited to individual and family circumstances.”
Senator Schumer fired-back at the GOP’s new push to help reform the Affordable Care Act, saying the Trump administration has been hoping to kill the bill “since day one.”
“Since day one, the Trump administration playbook on health care has been to sabotage the marketplaces, jack up costs and premiums for millions of middle-class Americans. Then – as a supposed life-line to a self-inflicted crisis – offering junk insurance that fails to offer protections for those with pre-existing conditions or coverage of essential health benefits and more,” said the Senate Minority Leader.