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PRESS RELEASE: Heartland Institute Experts React to Senate Attempt to Ban Short-term Health Plans

October 10, 2018

' Let’s hope that election-year gimmicks do not steal this desperately-needed option from millions of Americans' - Tim Huelskamp

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A resolution in the U.S. Senate, sponsored by Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), would overturn a recent rule by the Department of Health and Human Services allowing insurance companies to provide extended short-term plans which were previously banned under Obamacare. The resolution is scheduled for a vote as soon as today.

Short-term plans, favored by the younger and healthier, are much less expensive than those provided under the Affordable Care Act.

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 “Since the passage of Obamacare, health insurance premiums have increased by 114 percent and deductibles have soared by 212 percent. The Trump administration’s short-term health care plans provide targeted, much-needed relief from the high costs of Obamacare. Let’s hope that election-year gimmicks do not steal this desperately-needed option from millions of Americans.”

Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
The Heartland Institute

Dr. Huelskamp represented Kansas’ 1st District in the House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017.


“Baldwin’s resolution is nothing short of an assault on consumers looking for affordable health insurance. Preventing families from buying short-term coverage does nothing to address the real problems people face paying for health coverage and will force millions to remain uninsured.”

Charlie Katebi
State Government Relations Manager
The Heartland Institute

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Tim Huelskamp served as president of The Heartland Institute from 2017 to 2019.
Charlie Katebi was a state government relations manager at the Heartland Institute.