White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s brother and co-founder of Oscar Health Insurance, Joshua Kushner, teamed up with Oscar CEO Mario Schlosser to write a scathing op-ed published Friday on Axios, defending ObamaCare and blasting President Trump’s efforts to undermine the law.
The piece argues that “The individual market will thrive in the long run” and that President Trump’s executive actions cutting advertising and ending critical cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers for low-income consumers will ultimately increase premium prices for millions of Americans.
“The administration’s cuts to outreach and sporadic lip service to repealing the ACA do nothing to stanch growing confusion among shoppers,” Kushner and Schlosser write. “It will be hard — after four years where tens of millions of Americans have gained access to health insurance — for the administration to erase the virtues of an individual market where consumers choose their health plan and no one is discriminated against based on health status.”
The Hill added:
Kushner and Schlosser write that their insurance company is stepping up advertising and outreach this year to insure more Americans during a confusing open-enrollment period. The Department of Health and Human Services is shutting down healthcare.gov for maintenance for hours at a time throughout open enrollment.
Kushner, who describes himself as a “lifelong Democrat,” was also seen at the Women’s March on the day after Trump’s inauguration.