President Donald Trump’s administration has served another blow to The Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.
This morning, the administration informed the courts that the Department of Health and Human Services has stopped cost-sharing payments for ObamaCare subsidies effective immediately. The reason is that there was no permanent appropriation set to make the payments. The next is due on Oct. 18 and will not happen, Reuters reported.
NEW: Trump administration just filed a notice in ACA subsidies case notifying court of decision not to make next payment on Oct 18 pic.twitter.com/gYLBSQaITK— Lawrence Hurley (@lawrencehurley) October 13, 2017
The White House said Thursday that the government can’t legally pay the money to health insurance companies, Reuters reported.
Obamacare subsidy payments to be "discontinued immediately" pic.twitter.com/kBD6YoH0Hd— Lawrence Hurley (@lawrencehurley) October 13, 2017
Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi said that Trump, "apparently decided to punish the American people for his inability to improve our health care system," The New York Times reported.
Democratic lawmakers said that Trump pushed American health care premiums higher with the decision.
President Trump does not care about the American people's right to have access to affordable health care! https://t.co/xIWIMPdZXt— Rep. Bennie Thompson (@BennieGThompson) October 13, 2017
This sabotage is a direct result of the refusal of my @GOP colleagues to work in good faith to find bipartisan solutions to improve the ACA.— Bonnie WatsonColeman (@RepBonnie) October 13, 2017
Latest reason why President Trump is the worst President in modern history: Deliberately undermining people's health care out of spite. https://t.co/mh9JXLYJp7— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) October 13, 2017
Trump lashed out on Twitter Friday morning to respond to Democrats’ claims.
The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped. Dems should call me to fix!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2017
ObamaCare is a broken mess. Piece by piece we will now begin the process of giving America the great HealthCare it deserves!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2017
Fox News reported that the move could bring lawsuits from state attorneys general who say that the subsidies are authorized by federal law.
Thursday, Trump also signed an executive order that he said will make lower-premium plans more widely available. But officials with the administration say the plans to do so may not come in time for coverage in 2019, according to Fox News.