At this Congress’s first bipartisan public hearing on health care reform, after a year of Republicans drafting bills behind closed doors, health insurance commissioners from across the country testified to senators that the Trump administration’s multi-pronged sabotage of the Affordable Care Act is driving up rates and sowing uncertainty in their states.
“The narrative that the ACA is failing and imploding is just false,” Teresa Miller, the Pennsylvania insurance commissioner, told the Senate Health, Labor, Education and Pensions (HELP) committee hearing Wednesday. Instead, she emphasized, the Trump administration’s rollback of outreach, threats to end payments to insurers, and mixed messages on enforcement of the individual mandate is throwing the country into chaos.
“I cannot stress enough how difficult that uncertainty is on our markets,” she said.
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