Newark, New Jersey (CNN)Sylvia Mathews Burwell is issuing a grave warning to Republicans: Repealing Obamacare will result in “chaos.”
Burwell, President Barack Obama’s secretary of Health and Human Services, told CNN Wednesday that dismantling the Affordable Care Act will hit millions of Americans’ healthcare coverage, result in a spike in premiums and unleash widespread uncertainty across the insurance market.
Burwell told CNN that she has congratulated Price on his nomination and offered her assistance in executing a smooth transition.
But despite the cordial tone, Burwell nevertheless echoed many of her fellow Democrats by going after Price’s Obamacare repeal blueprint.
“It actually goes even further than repealing,” she said. “Right now, 11 million seniors have benefited $23 billion — that’s something the congressman’s plan wants to take away. The other thing is, the congressman has proposals on Medicare and the employer-based market that would do things that would potentially increase costs for individuals in those markets.”
Working with Democratic lawmakers and other Obama administration officials, Burwell has been touring cities on the East Coast this week to encourage Americans to meet this week’s December 15 enrollment deadline for coverage beginning on January 1.
Over cookies and muffins at Tops Diner in Newark on Wednesday, Burwell spoke with several individuals who said they would not be able to afford their current coverage if not for the Affordable Care Act.
David Moyer, a 34-year-old man from Westwood, New Jersey, says he is a big beneficiary of Obamacare. Prior to the law, he said, he and his wife paid around $500 a month for a plan that covered little and had a sky-high deductible of over $10,000. Now, he says, the couple pays less than $300 each month, doesn’t have a co-pay for their doctor, pays nothing for generic medicine and has a deductible of $1,000 each.
Asked how he feels about GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare, Moyer said, “I won’t lie to you and say that it’s not something that I’m worried about. I would hope that our lawmakers who represent us would realize the good that the Affordable Care Act has done for people.”