Sen. Chris Murphy Blasts Health Care Executive Order: Trump ‘Put a Gun to the Head of Our Constituents’

Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, created a vivid, cutthroat description of President Donald Trump’s new health care executive order — likening the policy to shoving a firearm in the face of American voters.

The new policy, which kills federal payouts to insurers, was dubbed by Murphy as “health care arson” during an appearance on Fox News Sunday today. The junior Democrat senator serves on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and has been one of the loudest voices in advocating against the GOP’s attempts at Obamacare repeal.

Murhpy’s full comment went as follows:

“[Trump] is literally setting the entire health care system on fire — just because the president is upset that the United States Congress won’t pass a repeal bill that is supported by 17 percent of the American public… The fact of the matter is the president is trying to sabotage the american health care system, trying to has put a gun to the head of our constituents by taking away their health care or raising their costs in order to force us to repeal a bill that the American public doesn’t want us to repeal.”

The “sabotage” that Murphy mentioned is a reference to Trump cutting an Obamacare subsidy program that aimed to cut out-of-pocket charges for low-income and working class Americans. With help and advice from Senator Rand Paul, Trump made the decision to cut these subsidy payments in an attempt to allow small businesses access to the same kind of coverage as large group plans.

However, critics — like Murphy — argue that Trump’s executive order will actually hurt the Americans that it’s designed to help, specifically ones with pre-existing conditions.

Watch above via Fox News.

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