Sununu unable to stop Trump from ending crucial cost-sharing reductions, spiking 2018 premiums
Concord, N.H. - Late last night, President Trump chose to end cost-sharing reductions, an Affordable Care Act provision that helped lower insurance premiums for millions of working Americans. The Congressional Budget Office estimated back in August that ending cost-sharing reductions would increase insurance premiums by 20% next year alone, effectively kick a million Americans off insurance, and add $194 billion to the deficit. NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement: "Last night, Trumpcare became a reality. By refusing to continue cost-sharing reduction payments, President Trump has committed his most shameful act of sabotage on the insurance markets, threatening the health and wellbeing of millions of Americans and making premiums skyrocket for millions more. Governor Sununu's self-proclaimed closeness with Trump and his administration hasn't yielded any help for New Hampshire. Instead, Sununu's constant praise and support of Trump is starting to look like blind flattery. Make no mistake, Governor Sununu has precipitated Trump's sabotage by fueling the flames of ACA repeal, opposing Medicaid expansion, supporting various forms of Trumpcare, proposing Medicaid block grants, rejecting a reinsurance program, and refusing to join a bipartisan group of governors in calling for the protection of key health care protections. Rather than actively campaigning against dangerous Republican health care ideas, Sununu has either stayed silent or belatedly voiced his opposition once and disappeared. That is not leadership. Sununu is engaging in political calculation when Granite Staters need its governor the most."