Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement denouncing President Trump’s executive order on healthcare:
“Instead of working in a bipartisan manner to reform our healthcare system, President Trump has chosen to openly sabotage the Affordable Care Act, putting the healthcare of tens of millions of Americans in jeopardy.
“Today’s executive order will further destabilize our healthcare system by deregulating association health plans and short-term insurance in order to undercut state health insurance marketplaces. This will send premiums and deductibles skyrocketing, sending the health insurance marketplaces into a death spiral. This comes on top of President Trump’s other malicious efforts to sabotage the ACA, such as threatening to stop cost-sharing reduction payments, slashing the open enrollment period, severely undermining the role of patient navigators, and cancelling important enrollment TV and radio campaigns.
“Overwhelming public outcry led to the defeat of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act in the Senate. In response, President Trump has spitefully used his executive power in a way that will directly harm the health of Nevadan families. I will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to safeguard working Americans from the effects of this disastrous executive order.”