April 13,2017

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Wyden statement on Trump administration’s health care hostage-taking

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement in reaction to the president threatening to withhold cost sharing reduction payments that help to hold down out-of-pocket health care costs for low-income Americans:

“We will not negotiate with hostage takers. There is no outcome in which the administration sabotaging insurance markets persuades Democrats to pass Trumpcare, a disastrous proposal which would only make our health care system worse. When the president drops his threats on Americans’ health care – including the latest threat to withhold insurance payments, which he clearly understands puts people’s care in danger – Democrats will be prepared to work on bipartisan improvements to the Affordable Care Act.”