Politics GOP Rep. breaks with Trump: Cutting health care subsidies does 'opposite' of what he promised

16:35  13 october  2017
16:35  13 october  2017 Source:   The Hill

Trump to halt 'massive' ObamaCare subsidies; legal fight likely

  Trump to halt 'massive' ObamaCare subsidies; legal fight likely President Trump plans to halt payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act "immediately," in a major blow to ObamaCare that is likely to draw a legal challenge.  The president, though, used the overnight decision to up pressure on Democrats to negotiate a "fix" to the "imploding" health care law. "The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped. Dems should call me to fix!" he said in a pre-dawn tweet on Friday.

Cutting health care subsidies will mean more uninsured in my district. @potus promised more access, affordable coverage. This does opposite .

Trump ran on big health care promises . Donald Trump did not run a wonkish campaign heavily focused on detailed white papers or background briefings with experts. He did , however, make some pretty clear promises on health care policy.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, of Florida, is slamming President Trump over his plan to slash ObamaCare subsidies. © Joe Raedle, Getty Images Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, of Florida, is slamming President Trump over his plan to slash ObamaCare subsidies. A Republican lawmaker slammed President Trump's action on health care subsidies on Friday, saying it is the "opposite" of what he promised.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) said that cutting key payments to ObamaCare insurers will mean more of her constituents will be uninsured.

"POTUS promised more access, affordable coverage," Ros-Lehtinen tweeted. "This does opposite."

Trump announced on Thursday that he would end subsidies for insurers that sell ObamaCare plans, as part of his efforts to dismantle the health care law after congressional Republicans failed to repeal it this year.

Some states have already threatened to sue the Trump administration over the cuts, known as cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments, which are worth an estimated $7 million.

The president signed an executive order on Thursday directing agencies to take action that many say would undermine ObamaCare by allowing people to purchase cheaper health care plans.


Trump Closes a Health Dispute, but Leaves Open a Power Struggle .
An administration maneuver to cut off health insurance subsidies, effectively a capitulation in a long-running legal battle, could give Congress the upper hand over the executive branch.WASHINGTON — The House won a major institutional victory over the White House on health care spending last week, but it wasn’t really a fair fight in the end.

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