Gov. Jay Inslee released the following statement today on President Trump's executive order on health care:
"The president continues to sabotage our health care system. His actions undermine vital protections for middle-class families and people with pre-existing conditions, making coverage for Washingtonians more expensive with fewer benefits. Today's order follows the directive earlier this week to take away birth control coverage from millions of Americans.
"It is incumbent on the Trump Administration and Congress to work with states in a bipartisan way to build on our nation’s progress expanding access and affordability in America’s health care system."
Throughout 2017 Inslee and Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler opposed Congress’ numerous failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act – partisan proposals which threated to kick hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians out of health coverage, and raise costs for many more. They also participated in the development of the Shared Priorities from the Governors’ Bipartisan Health Reform Learning Network, convened by the NGA to provide real bipartisan recommendations to improve the nation’s health care system.
Earlier this week, Inslee denounced Trump’s executive order restricting women’s access to reproductive health services.