Coverage for Preexisting Conditions under Attack, Insurance Premiums Rising Dana Balter will Defend the ACA and Support Medicare for All

Syracuse, NY – Following news that the Trump Administration is seeking to end guaranteed access to coverage for individuals with preexisting conditions, Dana Balter, the designated Democratic candidate for Congress in New York’s 24th District, promised to protect the Affordable Care Act, and work to pass Medicare for All.

“When I’m in Congress, I will work to protect the ACA and defend the access to care it guarantees,” said Balter. “And I will work to pass Medicare for All so no family ever has to worry about losing their ability to see a doctor.”

“Congressman John Katko’s vote for the Trump tax plan is being used to undermine coverage for almost 300,000 people in our district who have preexisting conditions,” said Balter. “Katko says he will keep us safe, but pregnant women, people with cancer, even people with simple things like asthma – all could be denied coverage because of Katko’s vote and Trump’s strategy.”

News of the Justice Department’s decision not to defend the law in court follows reports that insurance costs for individual policies could go up 25% next year. Fidelis, the largest Marketplace insurer for Central New York, has requested a whopping 38.6% hike.

“When John Katko voted for the Trump tax plan, he knew his vote would undermine the Affordable Care Act,” said Balter. “Now that vote ‘is the biggest single justification offered by insurers for the increases’ in insurance costs, according to Syracuse.com.”