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Shaheen: NH Families Are Now Forced to Pay the Price for Trump Administration's Healthcare Sabotage

(Washington, DC) — Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement in response to a new cost analysis report commissioned by the New Hampshire Insurance Department, which estimates that next year, 25,000 Granite Staters will pay an average of 52 percent more for coverage:

“These rate increases for next year would be devastating, yet have always been avoidable,” said Shaheen. “This administration has followed through on President Trump’s threat to sabotage healthcare marketplaces as leverage to repeal the Affordable Care Act. New Hampshire families are now forced to pay the price for the Trump administration’s shameful behavior. I have been pleading with Republican leadership to allow bipartisan efforts to stabilize the healthcare marketplace to move forward, but instead, they chose to use this valuable time to make another attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act—a law that has helped tens of thousands of Granite Staters gain access to healthcare coverage. Republicans must return to the negotiating table and work with Democrats to craft bipartisan legislation that would stabilize the marketplaces. We need to work together to mitigate the harm caused by the Administration and help working families access quality and affordable insurance.”

Senator Shaheen is committed to working across the aisle fix the Affordable Care Act so it works for all Americans. Earlier this year, Senator Shaheen introduced the Marketplace Certainty Act to permanently appropriate payments for cost-sharing reductions to help stabilize state marketplaces and expand eligibility for hard-working Americans who need help paying their premiums.