Team Maryland Statement on Governor Larry Hogan's Meeting with HHS Secretary Tom Price
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), along with Congressmen Elijah Cummings (MD-07), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), John Sarbanes (MD-03), John K. Delaney (MD-06), Anthony Brown (MD-04), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) released the following statement after Governor Larry Hogan met with Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price today. Earlier this week, some members of the delegation held a press conference calling on Governor Hogan to oppose House Republicans’ bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The delegation wrote a letter about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act to Governor Hogan in early February, but he has not responded.
“Today, Governor Larry Hogan met with Secretary Tom Price, just one day ahead of a scheduled House vote on Republicans’ TrumpCare bill. Despite data that shows over 300,000 Marylanders would lose health coverage as a direct result of TrumpCare, Governor Hogan refuses to publicly oppose this disastrous legislation.
“The effects of TrumpCare will be felt across our state. Premiums for all Marylanders would increase on average more than $3,000, and individuals over the age of 50 would be forced to pay significantly more than younger Marylanders. Additionally, TrumpCare would significantly scale back access to Medicaid in our state, worsening the opioid crisis by reducing access to treatment for individuals with addiction or mental illness.
“If the Governor is serious about protecting access to quality, affordable health care, he will join us in opposing this harmful legislation. We urge Governor Hogan to put Maryland before partisan loyalties and take a stand against this reckless TrumpCare proposal.”