Annapolis, MD — Once again, Donald Trump is raising insurance rates for Maryland families—this time with his administration’s announcement that it will not release billions of dollars in risk adjustment payments to insurers. Larry Hogan’s solution for Maryland families is… another hoax-filled video?
Donald Trump’s continued healthcare sabotage is already raising rates on Maryland families. Since Hogan entered office, the average benchmark marketplace premium has exploded from $220 to $486 per month for a single person—an increase of more than 120 percent, with the majority of increases occurring under the Trump administration. Trump’s decision not to release billions in risk adjustment payments, which stabilize rates for consumers, will only make matters worse.
“Maryland families are already feeling the financial pain of Trump’s healthcare sabotage, and Larry Hogan is more interested in remaining loyal to Republican policies than standing up for Marylanders,” said Maryland Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Matthews. “While Hogan tries to run away from his record and remains silent in the face of Trump’s healthcare sabotage, Ben Jealous has a plan to lower healthcare costs for Maryland families and will stand up for Marylanders.”
In the 48 hours since Trump’s announcement, Larry Hogan has not only been silent, he is trying to run away from his record of not standing up for Marylanders’ healthcare with his latest video, so let’s set the record straight.
Larry Hogan has consistently refused to stand up for Marylanders’ healthcare, even when his fellow GOP governors are fighting for their citizens:
- In March 2017, Hogan declined to sign on to a letter sent by four other Republican governors opposing the House ACA repeal bill.
- In June 2017, Hogan declined to sign on to a bipartisan letter sent by 7 governors calling on Congress to take a bipartisan approach to healthcare reform and rejecting the House ACA repeal bill.
- In August 2017, Hogan refused to join a bipartisan group of 8 governors who released a plan to strengthen the insurance markets and improve healthcare for Americans.
- In September 2017, Hogan declined to sign on to a bipartisan letter sent by 10 governors opposing the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal plan.
- In October 2017, Hogan declined to sign on to a bipartisan letter sent by 10 governors urging Washington shore up the insurance markets by restoring CSR payments.