Roskam endorses ACA subsidy cutsCongressmen Peter Roskam of the IL 6th congressional district and Randy Hultgren of the 14th publicly endorsed President Trumps latest attempt to destroy the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as he stopped making the subsidy payments that support healthcare coverage for low income Americans.  By eliminating premium and deductible subsidies for low income Americans, industry experts expect the number of people in the program to drop because of dramatic price increases for coverage!
In an article in the Chicago Tribune, Rep. Randy Hultgren of Plano characterized the cutting the ACA subsidies for low income Americans as  “eliminating free money for insurance companies” and would “actually benefit low-income consumers and increase the number of insured Americans starting in 2020”.
Somehow the congressmen believe that making healthcare more expensive for lower Americans will somehow magically lead to more people signing up for health insurance sometime in the future.  One constituent commented “The idea of making health insurance more expensive for lower income Americans by cutting their assistance plans will somehow drive down overall health insurance costs is patently stupid!  These are the same clowns that voted to cut Medicaid funds as part the their Repeal and Replace scam which would have also reduced assistance for the poor!”
This plan is particularly cruel to the 6.7 million middle-class Americans whose premiums will also increase but who do not qualify for the tax subsidies,” Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Hoffman Estates said in a letter to the president protesting the cuts. “Middle-class families would see their out-of-pocket costs increase just to access the same level of care in the plans before the funding cuts.”
Sabotage of public assistance programs should never be endorsed or even tolerated.  It should also be pointed out that between 2014-2016, Insurance companies, Drug makers and large healthcare providers donated over $542,000 to the Roskam re-election campaign and those numbers are expected to dramatically increase between now and the 2018 election.  Roskam and Hultgren need to be replaced!
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