Speaking in Cincinnati on Wednesday, President Trump continued his attack on the Affordable Care Act, declaring that â€œObamacare is in a total death spiral.”
The day before, Anthem, the nationâ€™s second largest health insurer, announced it is pulling out of Ohio’s insurance marketplace. Trump seized on this news. â€œNineteen thousand people will have no plans,â€ he said. (The actual number of people who will be left without an insurance carrier is closer to 10,500.) â€œWhat a mess,â€ he added.
In its explanation for why it was exiting the Ohio insurance exchange, Anthem placed much of the blame on the federal government, citing â€œcontinual changes in federal operations, rules and guidance.â€ The Trump administration has suggested it will slash deductible and co-pay subsidies, which allow poor Americans to pay for out-of-pocket medical costs.
Trump praised the House for passing the American Health Care Act, and called on the Senate, which is currently working on its own version of the bill, â€œto act and save Americans from a catastrophic event.â€ He had less kind words for Senate Democrats, labeling them â€œobstructionists.â€
â€œWe wonâ€™t get one Democratic vote,â€ he said. â€œIf I were in that party, Iâ€™d be doing positive things.â€