A new analysis from health care policy expert Charles Gaba shows that while Nevadans are expected to see an average rate increase of 2.3 percent for individual plans next year, Nevadans would have actually seen a 7.7 percent rate decrease were it not for persistent sabotage of the Affordable Care Act by Trump and Washington Republicans. This comes on top of last year’s devastating 43 percent rate increase for Nevadans, above the national average of 37 percent.
Trump and Congressional Republicans have tried and failed to take health care away from millions of Americans. While Trump has doubled down on his obsessive crusade to dismantle our health care system, Republican attorney general and gubernatorial hopeful Adam Laxalt has been complicit in Trump’s mission to deny Nevadans access to care, failing to stand up to Trump’s attacks on our health care system.
Since Laxalt happily accepted Trump’s endorsement just over a month ago, it’s no surprise that Laxalt has done nothing while Trump has worked to rip health care away from hardworking Nevadans:
Trump has intentionally sabotaged insurance markets by ending cost-sharing reduction payments, which keep premiums affordable for low-income Americans. When the state asked Attorney General Laxalt to consider suing to stop Trump, he ignored the request.
Trump wants to eliminate Medicaid expansion, and in February, Laxalt joined Trump in opposing Nevada’s Medicaid expansion, admitting he would have turned away billions in free federal dollars to cover hundreds of thousands of Nevadans.
Laxalt and Trump stand in stark contrast to Gov. Brian Sandoval, who was the first Republican governor to support Medicaid expansion and who called ending cost-sharing reduction payments “devastating.”
Nevada State Democratic Party spokeswoman Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“As Nevada’s attorney general, Adam Laxalt has had countless opportunities to stand up to Trump’s health care sabotage. Instead, Laxalt has used his taxpayer-funded office to push his own ideological, far-right agenda. As Nevadans prepare to pay even more for health insurance thanks to Trump’s reckless sabotage, they’ll remember how Laxalt failed to stand up for them.”