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MA Delegation Fowards Letter to Trump Explaining Impact of Healthcare Decision

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Donald Trump

The Massachusetts delegation has forwarded a letter from Governor Charlie Baker to President Donald Trump highlighting the impact of ending funding for the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reduction payments will have on Massachusetts residents.

The delegation received the letter last Thursday.


The Letter

Baker's letter includes an update on the Massachusetts health care marketplace, the Connector, which covers 257,000 individuals in Massachusetts, and notes that premium costs in the Commonwealth are set to spike 26%.

The Governor's letter also says that 80,000 Massachusetts residents will have no protection from these higher premiums because they are not eligible for premium tax credits. 

The delegation's cover letter to President Trump, sent with Baker's letter, lays the blame for higher premiums on the President. The letter says that Massachusetts premium increases are "due directly to your actions" and points out that many constituents "will experience rate increases that are more than three times higher than had you continued these payments."

The delegation also urges the President to change his mind on healthcare.

”Your efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act have real consequences for families in Massachusetts and across the country... It is time for you to look beyond politics and support sensible, bipartisan efforts to reduce-not increase-health care costs for our constituents and for all Americans. Reversing your decision to cut off these vital CSR payments should be your first step."

The Delegation

The delegation includes United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representatives Richard Neal, James McGovern, Michael Capuano, Stephen F. Lynch, Niki Tsongas, William Keating, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Katherine Clark and Seth Moulton.


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