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Trump Administration Shocked at Who Blames Them for Higher Health Insurance Premiums

Officials from the Conservative State of Oklahoma are blaming the Trump administration for increasing health-care premiums in the state after the administration missed a deadline to give the nod to a key waiver for the state under ObamaCare.

In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Health and former Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, Oklahoma’s health commissioner tore into the administration for missing a final deadline for a State Innovation Waiver, which would b utilized used to lower premiums around the state.

The waivers give federal funds “to implement innovative ways to provide access to quality health care that is at least as comprehensive and affordable as would be provided absent the waiver,” says the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The Oklahoma health commissioner’s letter stated that approving the waiver would have helped more than 130,000 Oklahoma citizens and reduced premiums by 30 percent.

“After months of development, negotiation, and near-daily communication over the past six weeks, the State and your departments agreed that waiver approval must be received no later than September 25, 2017,” the scathing letter from Oklahoma’s Commissioner of Health Terry Cline reads.

“As late as last Friday, September 22nd, an agreed upon approval package had been circulated with the state expectation, and federal department promise, that waiver approval would be forthcoming on Monday, September 25,” the letter continues.

But on Monday, the letter said, Oklahoma officials learned that approval wouldn’t be issued that day, and received no prediction for when the waiver would be approved.

“Three days later, beyond health plan commitment and rate filing deadlines, Oklahoma is forced to withdraw our waiver request due to the failure of departments to provide timely waiver approval.”

Cline blamed the administration for rising rates for “thousands” of Oklahoma residents.

“The lack of timely waiver approval will prevent thousands of Oklahomans from realizing the benefits of significantly lower insurance premiums in 2018.”

President Trump has often threatened to end key ObamaCare payments and allow the program “implode.”

The Oklahoma letter came out Friday after Price resigned as Trump’s HHS chief after reports that his use of military flights and private jets had cost more than $1 million since May.

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