President Donald Trump threatened to end funding that helps poor Americans get heath care. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the president said he was considering taking the action to force Democrats to negotiate and support plans to end Obamacare.
“Schumer should be calling me up and begging me to help him save Obamacare. He should be calling me and begging me to help him save Obamacare, along with Nancy Pelosi,” said Trump.
His plan involves the payments the federal government is supposed to provide the insurers under the ACA. These are cost-sharing-reduction subsidies for enrollees who are unable to cover co-pays and other medical care. The payments go to the insurers, so without them many companies may not participate, causing the entire program to fail.
As one Trump administration official told Politico, “You don’t put up the cash, and Obamacare implodes.”
Republicans in the House sued to stop the payments in 2014. They believed that the payments were unconstitutional bceause they had not been approved by Congress. Last May, a federal judge agreed but said that payments could continue while the ruling was appealed by the Obama administration.
To stop the payments, all Trump needs to do is stop the appeal. “I don’t want people to get hurt,” Trump said. “What I think should happen—and will happen—is the Democrats will start calling me and negotiating.”
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