PoliticalNews.me - Feb 15,2017 - Ernst Asks Administration to Relieve Americans of ObamaCare Burdens
Ernst & 22 Senate Colleagues Send Letter to HHS Sec. Price
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst joined a group of her Senate colleagues in sending a letter to recently confirmed Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price asking for relief from ObamaCare for individuals living in Iowa and 34 other states.
The letter reads, in part, “We eagerly anticipate working with you to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with sensible solutions that give states more flexibility and Americans more options. However, we recognize that this process will take time, and we implore you to do everything in your power to ensure that these millions of Americans who have been protected from Obamacare do not lose their insurance now.”
President Trump signed an Executive Order on January 20 instructing federal agencies to help ease the burdens of ObamaCare as Congress works to repeal the harmful law. Senator Ernst and her colleagues are committed to working with Secretary Price and the President to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, shielding Americans from unbearable costs.
In Iowa and 34 other states, a transitional period has protected some individuals and small groups from ObamaCare and allowed them to keep their health care plans. However, this protection expires at the end of 2017. If the transitional relief policy is not extended, millions of plan holders – including 42,000 Iowans participating in the Iowa Farm Bureau health plan - will either lose health insurance or see premiums skyrocket.
The letter was signed by Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; John Boozman, R-Ark.; Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.; Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; Susan Collins, R-Maine; Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Mike Crapo, R-Idaho; Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.; Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; John Hoeven, R-N.D.; James Lankford, R-Okla.; Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Pat Roberts, R-Kan.; Jim Risch, R-Idaho; Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska; Tim Scott, R-S.C.; and John Thune, R-S.D.
The letter reads in full:
Dear Secretary Price,
Congratulations on your confirmation as Secretary of Health and Human Services. We look forward to working with you to ensure access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans. We commend your commitment to repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and working with Congress to enact market-driven approaches that put Americans back in control of their health care.
We appreciate President Trump’s determination to ease the burden of the ACA through his Administration. The President’s January 20, 2017, Executive Order instructing agencies to minimize the harmful impacts of the law and provide states additional flexibility is an admirable first step. As Secretary of HHS, we know that much of this responsibility will fall on your shoulders. One way HHS can protect Americans from the crippling effects of the law is to extend the transitional relief policy for individual and group plans in 35 states. HHS Guidance is needed by mid-February to give states and health