Cost of health insurance to spike in Massachusetts as Trump cuts federal subsidies

BOSTON (WHDH/AP) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is joining state attorneys general from across the country in seeking to block President Donald Trump from stopping billions of dollars in payments to health insurers.

Healey, a Democrat, and announced the lawsuit Friday along with Democratic attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Kentucky and other states.

She called the president’s decision a “cruel and irresponsible move” that will lead to higher health care costs for families, throw the health insurance market “into chaos” and undermine state budgets.

Republican Governor Charlie Baker also criticized Trump Friday, calling it the “wrong decision.”

He said it would “destabilize” insurance markets and “jeopardize” coverage for thousands of Massachusetts residents relying on the subsidies to afford their health care as part of former President Barack Obama’s landmark health care law.

Dorchester resident Thomas Kornegay, 59, is fearful he’ll never be able to afford health care.

“It’s hard enough affording my health care now. If he raises the price, I’ll never be able to afford it,” Kornegay said. “I don’t have a pocket full of money. I’m not rich. I’m totally at a loss. It’s scary for me.

Kornegay is one of 155,000 people in Bay State who will have to absorb an insurance price hike.

“This White House just doesn’t get,” Mayor Marty Walsh said when asked about Trump’s decision.

Massachusetts gets about a $146 million a year from federal subsidies for health care. Those funds will now be cut off immediately.

 

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