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Senator Murray: President Trump’s “Junk Plans” Rule Helps Insurance Companies; Raises Patients’ Costs

(Washington, D.C.) –Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued a statement in response to the Trump Administration’s decision to allow insurance companies to offer short-term health insurance plans that aren’t subject to protections included in the Affordable Care Act. 


“President Trump’s latest step backward on health care will help insurance companies skirt the rules to boost their profits, while raising costs for many patients and leaving others with junk plans that don’t protect them when they need it. Any member of Congress who is concerned about women being charged more than men for the same care, who wants to make sure patients with pre-existing conditions, like opioid addiction, don’t get priced out of coverage, or who is worried about families paying the price for President Trump’s health care sabotage should work with Democrats right away on steps to undo the damage and protect families from the premium spikes the President and extreme Republicans are causing.”