The American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and dozens of other leading health groups have released a joint statement condemning President Trump’s executive order on healthcare, saying it puts millions of Americans at risk by permitting the sale of “risky, low-value” insurance plans that don’t provide essential health benefits and leave patients “seriously underinsured when they face an unexpected health crisis.”
“This order has the potential to price millions of people with pre-existing conditions and serious illnesses out of the individual insurance market and put millions more at risk through the sale of insurance plans that won’t cover all the services patients want to stay healthy or the critical care they need when they get sick,” reads a statement signed by 18 health groups.
“Together, these actions would likely split the market between those who need the comprehensive benefits provided under current law and those who are currently healthy and can gamble with substandard coverage,” the groups wrote.
“Siphoning off healthy people into risky, low-value plans, could leave millions of Americans with chronic or serious illnesses in an unsustainable insurance pool with rising premiums and fewer choices. It could also leave those who are healthy seriously underinsured when they face an unexpected health crisis,” they wrote.
Both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Hospital Association said they also have concerns about the order.
“Today’s Executive Order will allow health insurance plans that cover fewer benefits and offer fewer consumer protections,” said Tom Nickels, executive vice president of the American Hospital Association, in a statement. “No one can predict future health care needs with complete certainty and such plans could put patients at risk when care is needed most.”
AMA President David O. Barbe said his group has concerns the order would “weaken important patient protections and lead to instability in the individual health insurance market.”