President Donald Trump signed two executive orders on Thursday that may have mortally wounded the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also called “Obamacare”). This article from the New Yorker provides an easy-to-understand explanation.
Senator Ted Cruz is gushing all over Twitter, fully supporting the executive orders, and patting himself on the back, saying he urged Trump to make these moves. Senator John Cornyn, on the other hand, is quoted in this article from The Hill saying he is concerned about one aspect of the executive orders, which may destabilize the health insurance markets and cause chaos.
“‘I‘m not for further complicating the lives of Texans just to make a point,’ Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said when asked before the recess about the argument from some Republicans that ObamaCare should be allowed to fail.”
Cornyn’s concern is for the cost-sharing reductions that Trump’s executive orders ends. These payments are made from the federal government to insurance companies in order to reimburse them for giving discounts to low-income ACA participants. The concern is that without these funds, insurance companies will drop out of the market.
Surprising, right? The one time out of three tries that the Senate managed to bring Trumpcare (version #2) for a vote, Cornyn voted for it. A few weeks ago, at the Texas Tribune Fest, he said he supported Trumpcare version #3 and planned to vote for it.
His tireless fight against “Obamacare” is proudly chronicled on his website.
Here’s an article from June, calling Cornyn the “top salesman” for repeal of “Obamacare.”
And Trumpcare was worse than the executive orders because it also threatened Medicaid coverage for adults and children with disabilities and elderly folks in nursing homes.
So our question for Senator Cornyn is, “which is the real Cornyn?” Is it the one who says he’s concerned about Texans? Or is the one who has wholeheartedly supported the repeal of the ACA with no thought or consideration for the millions of Texans who will be affected?
Call Senator Cornyn and ask his staffers this question. And while you’re at it, please also reiterate that we request a public town hall so that we can share our concerns about healthcare and hear what he has to say.
Senator John Cornyn
San Antonio: 210-224-7485