JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The following is a statement from Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber on today’s announcement from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas City after the Trump Administration’s refusal to say whether they will continue payments to support the individual health insurance markets:
“This announcement is at the feet of Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress and the uncertainty they’re creating – and it’s exactly why Senator Claire McCaskill’s health care legislation is so important for working Missourians. She saw an emerging problem and took action to fix it. This is a stark contrast to the Republicans in DC who control Congress and the White House but keep making problems worse with their reckless policies and deliberate sabotage.”
- Last week, Senator Claire McCaskill proposed health care legislation that would allow Missourians without individual insurance options to get the same health care that Congress has access to.
- News reports from around the country have been revealing that health insurers are deeply troubled by President Trump’s repeated threats to “sabotage insurance markets across the country.” The Los Angeles Times reports, “Trump and his aides have repeatedly threatened to withhold the assistance — known as cost-sharing reduction payments, or CSRs — a move that health insurers warn would sabotage insurance markets across the country.” Similarly, Politico noted, “President Donald Trump has told advisers he wants to end payments of key Obamacare subsidies, a move that could send the health law’s insurance markets into a tailspin, according to several sources familiar with the conversations.”