from New Hampshire Business Review
By Jeanne Shaheen
The Republican plan to overhaul our healthcare system is causing anxiety for millions of Americans and uncertainty for small businesses and entrepreneurs who are the backbone of our economy.
The Senate bill was drafted in secret by Republican senators with no input from the public, no testimony from doctors or hospitals and no public hearings. This backroom maneuvering follows passage of the House Republican healthcare plan, which even President Trump has called “mean.”
These bills roll back protections for people with pre-existing conditions, raise out-of-pocket costs and strip coverage from millions of people. They also slash Medicaid — our nation’s program for insuring children, people with disabilities, seniors in nursing homes, and people with substance use disorders — by nearly half.
I recognize that the Affordable Care Act needs changes. I believe we should focus on improving the law, keeping what works and fixing what’s not working, while helping to level the playing field for small businesses.
But instead of fixing it, the Trump administration is systematically undermining the ACA by cutting outreach and enrollment efforts, suggesting it won’t enforce the law and refusing to commit to making cost sharing reduction payments essential to the ACA-created health insurance marketplaces for more than a month at a time. President Trump has made clear his desire to see the system fail, saying: “The best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode.”
That’s irresponsible, and treats small businesses as collateral damage.