Chairman Crowley Statement on Trump Administration’s Plan to Undermine Health Care Law

April 13, 2017
Press Release

(Queens, NY) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration signaled its plan to undermine the Affordable Health Care Act by withholding critical Cost Sharing Reduction payments that help millions of Americans afford quality health care.

“Rather than improving our country's health care system, President Trump is bent on destroying it. His most recent threat - to raise premiums for millions of Americans by withholding the law's Cost Sharing Reduction payments - amounts to nothing more than political blackmail.

“But the health of the American people is far more important than the political games the president is playing. Withholding these payments is a blatant attempt to undermine the Affordable Care Act and manufacture a crisis. This is not leadership.

“President Trump has a duty to continue implementing current law, including these payments. He also has a responsibility not to create chaos to coerce Congress into passing the latest Republican bill, which would have stripped access to affordable, quality insurance for millions and imposed a tax on seniors.

“Democrats will not be held hostage by President Trump’s petty partisan games. Instead, we will continue our work to expand affordable and quality health care choices for Americans.”