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Trump on tricky legal ground with Obamacare threat

Trump on tricky legal ground with Obamacare threat”

The Trump administration has been doling out the payments on a month-to-month basis and threatening to end them altogether, which is spooking insurers into raising rates. Without them, insurers would nearly certainly raise premiums not only for poor consumers but for many other people buying plans on the individual insurance market. "Many of us still retain our philosophical opposition and substantive opposition to the Affordable Care Act".

Alexander said the committee would hold hearings starting the week of September 4 "on the actions Congress should take to stabilize and strengthen the individual health insurance market, so that Americans will be able to buy insurance at affordable prices in the year 2018". "This is a necessary step to stabilize the individual marketplaces in the short term as Congress and the Administration address long-term reform efforts".

Donald Trump loves to make threats, but Republicans have finally realized that they are pretty baseless now. Some congressional Republicans have said they are trying to find a way forward on healthcare.

The three-page order by the appeals court did not decide anything about the lawsuit in a final way, but its order raised the prospect that the case would continue to proceed even if the Trump Administration attempted to scuttle it by abandoning its participation in the case or by cutting off the subsidies, which it has indicated it might do.

Republicans have long protested the payments, and in late 2014 the GOP-led House filed a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration, contending that the subsidies were unconstitutional because Congress had not made a specific appropriation for them.

White House officials said Mr. Trump would make a decision on whether to continue the payments this week, yet it hasn't happened yet.

To account for the risk that the administration could pull the plug on CSRs, many states instructed insurers to submit two sets of rate requests.

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The judges also reasoned that states could be harmed if the cost-sharing payments were cut off because increased insurance prices could translate into more uninsured residents for whom the states needed to provide health care, including at public hospitals. "So the president's attitude is fairly simple".

"This policy allowed health plans to stay in the market when they might have left otherwise", Lee said of the potential additional increase, which he called a "surcharge".

Senior Democrats say Mr. Trump is taking a mean-spirited position. Lawmakers from both parties concede that the health law needs improvement, as consumers face sharp premium increases and a shrinking number of insurance options in many states.

"If Democrats are pushing it as part of a continuing resolution, I think Republicans end up eating it", Miller said. Other parts of the health care law, however, clearly direct the government to reimburse insurers.

But Senate Health Committee Lamar Alexander said he will push for bipartisan efforts to stabilize the individual insurance markets when lawmakers return in September, as exchange customers in 20 counties across Nevada, Indiana and OH face the prospect of having no choices at all next year.

But some conservatives are still fuming about the GOP's failure to dismantle Obamacare after seven years of campaign promises to kill the 2010 law. It added that the states had shown that they deserved an opportunity either to try to persuade the government to keep up the subsidies, or to compel it to do so.

Most recently, after the Senate failed to pass any Obamacare repeal or replacement legislation, President Trump Tweeted that, "If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!" Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, told reporters Wednesday.

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