John Culberson Must Answer For Expected Spikes in Texas Health Insurance Rates

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June 27, 2018

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John Culberson Must Answer For Expected Spikes in Texas Health Insurance Rates

Houston, Texas – Placing the blame squarely on Republican lawmakers, three Texas health insurance companies have announced that they are likely to raise insurance premiums drastically over the next year.

Texas health insurer Molina Healthcare cited regulatory and executive actions by the current administration and Republicans in Congress as the cause of the expected rate increases, ranging from 9% to over 33% for 2019, as did two other companies, Sendero Health Plans and FirstCare Health Plans. While both the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and nonpartisan experts predicted the reckless tax bill would lead to higher premiums and fewer insured Americans, Congressman Culberson and his fellow politicians in Washington chose to ignore their warnings and continue their effort to undermine Americans’ healthcare.

“For nearly two decades in Washington, Congressman Culberson has consistently put Washington politics ahead of everyday Texans’ best interests,” Fletcher said. “His support of a Washington-driven tax plan not only blew a $1.9 trillion hole in the deficit and put working families on the hook, but also recklessly kneecapped our healthcare system, raising costs for millions of families. Our community needs leaders who will stand up for us and put our best interests first, but politicians like John Culberson have failed us repeatedly. Last week’s rate increase requests are more proof that Congressman Culberson’s time in office must come to an end.”

Fletcher is the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 7th Congressional District, a district that Hillary Clinton carried in the 2016 election. She has been endorsed by EMILY’s List, a leading national organization dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to office, and designated a Red to Blue candidate by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

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