Andy Slavitt, President Obama’s Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), sounded the alarm Friday over President Trump’s not-so-secret plot to sabotage Obamacare.
I ran this government agency under President Obama.
Make no mistake. Trump is purposely raising people's premiums. https://t.co/TslDrlvnH3
— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) September 30, 2017
That’s right – President Trump wants premiums to go UP, not down. Smoking gun evidence of this is his administration’s deliberate decision in recent days NOT to implement an ObamaCare program that would have stabilized the insurance markets in Oklahoma.
“In a letter addressed to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price,” John Bowden from The Hill reported late Friday evening, “Oklahoma’s health commissioner rips the administration for missing a final deadline for a State Innovation Waiver, which would be used to lower premiums around the state.”
According to the CMS website, the waiver program built into ObamaCare legislation grants states funding to, “implement innovative ways to provide access to quality health care that is at least as comprehensive and affordable as would be provided absent the waiver.”
The waiver would have prevented a premium spike of 30% for over 130,000 Oklahomans.
“After months of development, negotiation, and near-daily communication over the past six weeks, the State and your departments agreed that waiver approval must be received no later than September 25, 2017,” Oklahoma’s Commissioner of Health Terry Cline wrote in his letter.
“As late as last Friday, September 22nd, an agreed upon approval package had been circulated with the state expectation, and federal department promise, that waiver approval would be forthcoming on Monday, September 25,” the letter continued.
The news Oklahoma got from the administration on Monday, however, was that the waiver would not be granted. Friday’s letter made it clear that, “Oklahoma is forced to withdraw our waiver request due to the failure of departments to provide timely waiver approval.”
One the central lies President Trump and his Republican Party cohorts have been advancing during their futile efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is that it’s causing insurance markets to collapse. It isn’t, which explains at least in part why repeal and replace legislation has failed to pass in congress three times.
The President may have concluded that the only way he can effectively kill ObamaCare is to do it himself – and he may yet succeed.