Politics Trump to cut off key ObamaCare payments: report

05:24  13 october  2017
05:24  13 october  2017 Source:   The Hill

Dems rip Trump's 'spiteful' decision to end key ObamaCare payments

  Dems rip Trump's 'spiteful' decision to end key ObamaCare payments Democratic leaders blasted the administration on Thursday night over President Trump's decision to end key payments to insurers offering ObamaCare coverage, calling the move "spiteful.""Sadly, instead of working to lower health costs for Americans, it seems President Trump will singlehandedly hike Americans' health premiums," Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a joint statement.

President Trump is threatening to withhold key ObamaCare payments as a way to force Democrats to the negotiating table on healthcare, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal reported that Trump made the threat in an interview on Wednesday.

12:30 Report . Floor Action. In The Know. President Trump has also threatened to cut off key payments to insurers in a bid to make ObamaCare “implode,” though he has not done so yet.

Trump to cut off key ObamaCare payments: report © Provided by The Hill Trump to cut off key ObamaCare payments: report President Trump plans to cut off key payments to insurers selling ObamaCare coverage, Politico reported Thursday, citing two sources familiar with the matter.

Such an action would represent Trump's most aggressive move yet to dismantle ObamaCare, after GOP efforts to repeal and replace the health-care law failed this year.

Trump has repeatedly threatened to cut off the disbursements to insurers, known as Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments. They are worth an estimated $7 billion this year, Politico noted.

The report comes after Trump on Thursday signed an executive order aimed at taking action on ObamaCare on his own after Congress failed to repeal the law.

Trump said Thursday the order is "starting that process" to repeal the law. It will be the "first steps to providing millions of Americans with ObamaCare relief," Trump said.


States file emergency motion to force continuation of ObamaCare payments .
Multiple states have filed an emergency motion to force the Trump administration to continue making ObamaCare subsidy payments to insurers. Eighteen states and Washington, D.C., signed onto the motion for a temporary restraining order filed Tuesday in federal court in California, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D). Eighteen states and Washington, D.C., signed onto the motion for a temporary restraining order filed Tuesday in federal court in California, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D).

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