FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 11, 2017
Contact: Ofirah Yheskel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Statement from Dr. Ralph Northam on Anthem Announcement
Richmond, Va. — Today, following the news of Anthem pulling out of the Virginia health care marketplace, Dr. Ralph Northam released the following statement:
“This is a direct consequence of Donald Trump’s deliberate effort to destabilize and sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — efforts Ed Gillespie has consistently supported. If anything, this now makes it clear that Ed would be nothing more than Donald Trump’s top lobbyist in Virginia advocating for the same disastrous policies without regard to how they hurt Virginians.
“As I have stated previously, both parties need to work together to find common ground and real solutions to stabilizing and fixing the ACA. Independent Republicans have told the President he must provide certainty to the insurance markets. There is no excuse for Ed to side with Trump rather than Virginians when members of his own party are willing to speak truth to power.
“I know Senators Kaine and Warner are working diligently to resolve these issues, but we must also take action in the Commonwealth.Virginia needs a Bipartisan Joint Subcommittee, comprised of members from both the Health Insurance Reform Commission and the newly formed Joint Subcommittee for Health and Human Resources Oversight to address the concerns of health care costs, specifically for vulnerable communities.
“By addressing cost, the utilization of federal dollars, the cost of higher care for the elderly and those with disabilities, and the creation of metrics to focus on outcomes, we can ensure all Virginians have access to affordable, quality care. Let’s do what is right for the people we serve and work together to improve the health care experience for all Virginians.”