Washington, DC — Today, CMS Administrator Seema Verma testified before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee where she defended the Trump administration’s continued sabotage of Americans’ health care and evaded direct questions, refusing to admit they have no replacement plan if the Texas lawsuit to terminate the Affordable Care Act is successful. In response to her testimony, Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse released the following statement: 

“Seema Verma’s testimony today makes crystal clear that President Trump’s only plan is to sabotage Americans’ health care and repeal the Affordable Care Act with no replacement. Verma evaded direct questions and shamelessly defended the administration’s attacks on Americans health care such as slashing funding for open enrollment, pushing junk insurance plans that don’t cover pre-existing conditions and dismantling Medicaid by pushing onerous work requirements that kick people off the rolls. One would think that Seema Verma’s taxpayer-funded image consultants could have prepared her with better spin for her testimony, but no amount of cheap rhetoric could mask the reality of this administration’s unprecedented actions to take away health care from millions of Americans.

“Americans simply want to know why this administration is so hellbent on taking away their health care, and Verma’s testimony did little to calm their fears.”