Republican health care policies, including those championed by Congressman Steve Knight (R-Palmdale), will cost a 55-year-old couple an additional $2,510 per year in premiums.
A new analysis from the Center for American Progress (CAP) breaks down estimated health care premium increases in every congressional district. The research uses national, state, and local data to estimate the economic costs from the “tireless” health care sabotage from Congress and the Trump administration.
And for residents in Knight’s district, that means thousands of dollars in added expenses.
A family of four can expect to pay $2,280 more, or $190 more every month, in 2019.
Individuals will be forced to shell out $720 more for health insurance.
While low-income families will be protected from these increases, “many middle-income families who buy insurance on their own will see 2019 premiums thousands of dollars higher than they would be if the Trump administration allowed the ACA to work as intended,” reports CAP.
Knight says he has no regrets for votes in Congress aimed at undermining the Affordable Care Act. While some of the provisions supported by Knight did not become law, he nonetheless championed efforts to sabotage health care.
Knight proudly championed the Republican health care repeal bill, which would have resulted in 23 million people losing their health insurance, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
Knight backed a law that would have removed protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions, which could have resulted in millions of Americans paying thousands of dollars more every year just to maintain health insurance.
Voting against protections for pre-existing conditions is particularly unpopular. A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows 63 percent of registered voters say “a candidate’s position on continuing protections for people with pre-existing health conditions is either the ‘single most important factor’ or ‘very important, but not the most important factor.'”
Finding Knight’s positions on his campaign website is especially difficult, since health care is not even one of the categories listed on his “Policy” page.
Knight’s Democratic opponent, Katie Hill, lists health care first issue on her “Issues” page, saying, “I am ready to take immediate steps to provide health care relief for the people who need it by strengthening the ACA and laying the foundation for a Medicare For All system that works for all of us.”
Knight seems content to let his votes in Congress, and the ensuing spikes in health care premiums, speak for themselves.