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FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs made the statements below on the recent developments at the White House concerning health insurance. Concerning Thursday’s executive order about association health plans, Jason Pye said:
“Association health plans offer small businesses more opportunities to offer their employees good, affordable health insurance by banding together with other groups of people. We applaud this executive order, strongly supported by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), increasing the freedom of people to form associations to lower health insurance costs.
“Congress must protect this gain from being overturned by the next administration. Sen. Paul has introduced legislation to get this advancement into law, secure from a President Warren or President Sanders.
“Although this is a step in the right direction, it is no substitute for Congress keeping its promises to repeal ObamaCare.”
Concerning shutting off cost sharing reduction payments, Jason Pye said:
“The fact of the matter is that when Democrats forced ObamaCare through in 2010, they didn’t approve these cost sharing reduction payments. It’s not the law of the land. These payments have continued unconstitutionally under the Obama administration and briefly under the Trump administration.
“This move to end the unconstitutional payments puts the onus on Congress, after tax reform is signed into law, to fulfill their promises to reform health insurance and to reform it in a way that actually lowers insurance premiums for Americans. The reform should come as close as possible to fulfilling the promises to repeal ObamaCare we have heard for over 7 years.
“FreedomWorks adamantly opposes the legislation being discussed in the Senate’s health committee by Sen. Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Murray (D-Wash.), which is just a bailout of the insurance companies.”