Shaheen, Hassan Join Senate Letter to President Trump: Abandon ACA Repeal Efforts, Stop Undermining Health Care System And Work in Bipartisan Fashion to Improve the Law, Lower Health Care Costs For All Americans

March 29, 2017

**New letter from 44 Senate Democrats calls on President Trump to immediately rescind the January 20th Executive Order that undermines the Affordable Care Act and instead use his executive authority to support a stable, competitive insurance marketplace**

 **Senators also express concern with the President’s comments implying it would be a good thing if the ACA were to ‘explode,’ despite the fact that it would hurt millions of Americans**

 **In letter to President Trump: Drop ACA repeal, stop sabotaging health care system, and work with Dems to improve health care for millions of Americans**

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined 44 Senate Democrats on a new letter to President Trump urging him and his administration to abandon their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act so they can work in a bipartisan fashion to improve the law and lower the costs of health care for all Americans. The letter, signed by 44 Senate Democrats, also requests – as a first step – that the Trump Administration rescind the executive order signed on January 20th, 2017 that severely undermined the Affordable Care Act and sparked the efforts to unravel the law thereby undermining the health care system and increasing costs, hurting patients, providers and families. The letter also expressed concern with President Trump’s recent statement indicating it would be a good thing to make the ACA “explode,” despite the fact that would mean hurting millions of Americans.

The full text of letter from Senate Democrats can be found below.

Dear President Trump:

We respectfully request that you abandon your efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and undermine the U.S. health care system so that we can work together to improve the law and lower the cost of health care for all Americans.

To do that, your Administration must commit to putting an end to all efforts to unravel the ACA, undermine the health care system, increase costs, or hurt patients, providers and families. As a first step, we request that you rescind your ACA executive order signed on January 20th.

While we would welcome your sincere interest in bipartisan work to improve quality, lower costs, and expand coverage, we are concerned by your recent statement indicating it would be a good thing to make the ACA “explode,” which would hurt millions of Americans. Instead, we urge you to use your executive authority to support a stable, competitive insurance marketplace.

Members of the Democratic caucus remain ready and willing to work with you on policies that would improve the stability of the individual insurance market. We ask that you begin the work of improving health care for millions of Americans by rescinding your January 20th executive order.

Sincerely,