U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar recently touted the drop in insurance premiums during an event at Lipscomb University in Nashville, adding that President Donald Trump deserves the credit.
“The president, who was supposedly trying to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, has proven better at managing it than the president who wrote the law,” Azar said.
Azar, according to a MedPage Today report, said the premium for a benchmark federal exchange plan is expected to drop for the first time since the health care law’s passage.
“Insurers have proposed to cut premiums for these benchmark plans by two percent nationally,” he said. “Meanwhile, the number of federal exchange insurers will grow for the first time since 2015.”
Azar later criticized the “Medicare for All” idea, too, describing it as a “misnomer.”
“What’s really being proposed is a single government system for every American that won’t resemble Medicare at all,” he said. “Broadening the Medicare system would undermine the security and access seniors currently enjoy, come at a staggering cost to taxpayers, and ignore what seniors are showing they want from Medicare today.”