Congressman Gene Green Calls Out Short-Term Health Plans on House Floor
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Gene Green, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, spoke on the House floor to call attention to the Trump administration’s new rule that will allow skimpy, short-term health insurance plans to be sold. His statement is below:
“Mr. Speaker, I rise to call attention to the rule that the Trump Administration is expected to release shortly, which will allow skimpy short-term health insurance plans to be sold.
During the 115th Congress, the Republican majority has taken every action possible to undermine and sabotage the Affordable Care Act.
I expect these new regulations will be no different.
No matter how the Trump Administration and our Majority try to sell short-term health insurance plans to the American people, the devil is in the details.
These junk plans, as I call them, are just that. Junk.
According to a Kaiser Family Foundation report, these plans are likely to exclude coverage for pre-existing conditions and not cover essential services such as maternity care, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and prescription drugs.
The people need to know what’s covered – and what is not covered – if they’re sick.
AARP, the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association, and many more health and patient advocacy organizations have urged the President to withdraw this proposed rule. I ask my colleagues to join me and urge President Trump to withdraw this harmful rule.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I yield back.”