The president believes that the public will blame Democrats for the law’s collapse, despite the fact that a Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 61% of the public now blames Trump and the Republicans for the problems with Obamacare.
— Kaiser Family Found (@KaiserFamFound) April 12, 2017
Democrats don’t have much incentive to negotiate when doing so would also result in ending health care for many of the same people. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer responded to the threat in a statement, saying, “President Trump is threatening to hold hostage health care for millions of Americans, many of whom voted for him, to achieve a political goal of repeal that would take health care away from millions more. This cynical strategy will fail.”
— Kaiser Family Found (@KaiserFamFound) April 13, 2017
Insurers have said they need to know if the subsidies will remain before deciding whether to stay in the marketplace for 2018. Those decisions must be made by June. The insurers, the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and the US Chamber of Commerce are lobbying to continue the subsidies. In letters to the president and congressional leaders, the were blunt. “We urge the Administration and Congress to take quick action to ensure [cost-sharing reductions] are funded. We are committed to working with you to deliver the short-term stability we all want and the affordable coverage and high-quality care that every American deserves.”