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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

U.S. Rep. Gene Green: Ending Subsidy Payments is the Ultimate Act of Sabotage

October 13, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Gene Green, Ranking Member of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement today after President Trump announced his decision to end cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments for working-class Americans:

“President Trump promised to make healthcare more affordable and increase access for millions of Americans. Unfortunately, his decision to end subsidy payments that help almost 7 million people afford out-of-pocket costs and premiums will have an opposite effect. Ending the CSR payments is a spiteful act that will lead insurers to either leave the Affordable Care Act marketplace or increase Americans’ healthcare premiums by 20 percent or more. I am sure the President will continue to say that the ACA is imploding, but he’s the one who will be held accountable for destabilizing the marketplace. It’ll be up to Congress to take legislative action, and as the Ranking Member of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health I hope that my Republican colleagues will work with us to protect consumers and provide stability to the markets.”