President Trump is once again working to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and playing politics with the health of America’s families. The heartless executive order he signed today will undo critical parts of the ACA that have made it easier for individuals to access affordable health care, jeopardizing the health and financial security of millions of Americans, and damaging our nation’s economy.
The order allows some health plans to skirt the ACA’s requirement that plans offer essential health benefits like maternity coverage and mental health care and puts protections for people with pre-existing conditions at risk. This move will destabilize the insurance market and make health insurance less affordable, less accessible and less comprehensive for the most vulnerable people in our society. As is so often the case, low-income women, families, people with disabilities, the elderly, and those who live in rural and medically underserved communities will suffer the most, with a compounding impact in Black, Latinx, Asian, Native American, and LGBTQ+ communities.
President Trump is willing to harm the health of millions of children, parents, and families to score a political victory. That is disgraceful. We urge the president to rescind this order and instead focus on stabilizing the insurance markets and making health care more accessible and affordable for all of us.
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