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Congressman Andy Harris

Representing the First District of Maryland

Rep. Harris Applauds Decision to End Unconstitutional Obamacare Subsidies

October 13, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) released the following statement in response to President Trump's decision to end Cost-Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments to health insurance companies:

"For years, the Obama Administration blatantly violated the Constitution by improperly funneling billions of dollars to insurance companies without Congressional appropriations. I applaud the President’s decision to end this unconstitutional practice.

When Democrat leaders asked the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) to estimate the effects of ending payments for CSRs, they were probably surprised to learn that CBO and JCT reported that  'many people with income between 200 and 400 percent of FPL would…be able to pay lower net premiums for insurance that pays for the same share (or even greater share) of covered benefits.' For those with incomes above 400 percent of FPL, people would 'pay about the same premiums for bronze or silver plans…as under the baseline and lower premiums for gold plans.' In fact, CBO even told them such a decision would be 'reducing the number of uninsured people, on net, in most years.'

As the Obamacare nightmare continues to unfold, it’s critical that Congress does not give up on efforts to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a system that will bring down the cost of premiums for the middle-class Americans who have been hardest hit by Obamacare."