Congress Must End ObamaCare’s Reinsurance Program

Following reports that Blue Cross Blue Shield is urging Congress to protect ObamaCare’s reinsurance program, which directs payments to health insurance plans with high-cost enrollees, FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented:

“Congress should not be swayed by this attempt to keep funding flowing to insurance companies that are participating in ObamaCare. Aetna’s recent exit from nearly a dozen state exchanges, higher premiums, and the collapse of the law’s cooperatives are just the beginning of the problems with ObamaCare.”

“ObamaCare is unsustainable, and taxpayers, who were supposed to see $5 billion from the reinsurance program deposited in the U.S. Treasury, should not be on the hook for this disaster. In defiance of its statutory obligation, the Department of Health Human Services plans to deposit only $500 million of the promised funds. Congress should end this program and hold the administration accountable for violating the law.”

In July, FreedomWorks issued a press release supporting Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Sen. Ben Sasse’s (R-Nebr.) demand for answers from Secretary Sylvia Burwell for the Department of Health and Services helping health insurance companies at the expense of taxpayers. Sen. Sasse and Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) have introduced legislation, S. 2803 and H.R. 5904, the Taxpayers Before Insurers Act, that would hold the Department Health and Human Services accountable in the event that the payments required by law are not made.

Today’s news reports demonstrate the need for the Taxpayers Before Insurers Act. FreedomWorks supports this legislation and urges its passage in both the House and the Senate.

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