Senator Cantwell Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order to Erase Critical Protections in Affordable Care Act

SEATTLE, WA – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement in response to an executive order signed by President Trump that will allow insurance companies to sell insurance plans without the patient safeguards guaranteed in the Affordable Care Act.

“President Trump should not try to open the door to junk insurance. Cutting essential benefits out of health insurance puts patients at risk of having no coverage for basics like hospitalizations and prescription drugs,” said Senator Cantwell.  “The President should instead work across the aisle to drive down costs and increase access through state bundling options – like Basic Health Plans – and delivery system reforms.”