Some NJ Officials Outraged Over Trump Executive Order

Oct 12, 2017

Congressman Frank Pallone

President Trump's executive order to make cheaper health insurance plans more widely available is meeting with resistance in New Jersey.

Betsy Ryan is the President and CEO of the New Jersey Hospital Association. She's concerned the President's order could end up increasing the cost of insurance for people with pre-existing conditions.

"Either that or they'll get a barebones kind of plan that they'll be able to afford, but when they go to use it they'll realize it doesn't cover what their family needs. And then they'll be charged a higher amount in terms of co-pays or deductibles that are way more than are currently under the Affordable Care Act."

Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto worries the President's order will drive up costs for the sick and elderly and that it will destabilize insurance marketplaces.

New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone believes the executive order violates the law.

"And I'm sure they'll be suits that will be brought, which I certainly would support, saying that can't provide this junk insurance through associated health plans because the Affordable Care Act requires that you have essential benefits and that you can't discriminate and you can't cherry pick."