Sen. Sherrod Brown Monday blamed the Trump administration for the upheaval in the Obamacare marketplaces, saying providers are pulling out because of the uncertainty that's been created since President Donald Trump took office.
"Look what happened at the beginning of the year when President Trump did everything he could to discourage new people from signing up for Medicaid," the Ohio Democrat told CNN's "New Day" program.
"Those new people would overwhelmingly be the youngest, healthiest people, and those are the ones you want in the insurance pool because they stabilize prices and help in some cases to bring costs down cause their healthcare costs aren't very much."
As a result, insurers have pulled out of many of the nation's marketplaces, including Anthem in Ohio, and Brown noted that Anthem "pretty much said it's the uncertainty created by the Trump administration, not the Affordable Care Act."
Brown also slammed congressional Republicans for their refusal to work with Democrats to help fix Obamacare, rather than push for it to be repealed.
"Ever since the bill passed the Republican leadership in the House, the majority since 2011, every few weeks they do another repeal Obamacare [vote], but refuse to work with us to come up with small fixes to make this work better," Brown said. "Nobody claims it's perfect."
In Ohio, which has been hit hard by the opioid addiction epidemic, more than 200,000 people are Medicaid recipients, and need the coverage for treatment, but the Senate's repeal bill will rip that apart quickly, said Brown.
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