Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman responded to the release of the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) estimates on the cost of adopting Trumpcare.
“President Trump made three promises when he set out to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a law that has dramatically reduced the uninsured rate by helping more than 20 million Americans afford quality health insurance,” Governor Malloy said in a release. “He pledged that under the Republican plan, nobody would lose coverage, no one would pay more, and insurers would be prohibited from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions.”
Malloy said that today, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has reported that the bill passed by the US House of Representatives breaks all three promises.
“We can now confirm that under this plan, Americans will pay more for less coverage,” Malloy continued. “An additional 14 million consumers are estimated to be uninsured by 2018, and 23 million more consumers will lose insurance over the next ten years.”
Malloy described Trumpcare as being “as cruel as it is dangerous” for the health of citizens and the long-term prosperity of the United States.
“The CBO score reveals just how bad Trumpcare is for consumers and the nation,” Lt. Governor Wyman said. “Not only will 14 million more Americans potentially be uninsured by next year, but rapidly rising costs – once held in check by the ACA – will simply put insurance out of reach for millions of others.
Wyman went on to say that in Connecticut, the elderly, older adults under age 64, low-wage earners, and more than half a million citizens with pre-existing conditions will see their costs go up, and the state will lose up to a billion dollars a year that supports Medicaid.
“Trumpcare isn’t a healthcare plan – it’s tax relief for the wealthy, and it comes at the expense of everyone else,” Wyman concluded.