Bypassing Congress, Trump Signs Executive Order to Cripple Obamacare

"The government cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments", the White House said in a statement, adding that, "Congress needs to repeal and replace the disastrous Obamacare law and provide real relief to the American people".

The fact that the Trump administration would enact such an unpopular policy that negatively effects so many Americans speaks to their unabashed disregard for the rights and health of all women. Already, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is part of a coalition defending the subsidies, swiftly announced that the group would be taking action against Trump. This is a greater threat to Obamacare's long-term health since it could siphon off young and healthy consumers from the Obamacare exchanges, leaving mainly older and sicker workers behind, Levitt said.

"Sadly, instead of working to lower health costs for Americans, it seems President Trump will singlehandedly hike Americans' health premiums".

Not only that, but this decision plainly puts the religious convictions of an employer above a woman's right to affordable contraception. The president has previously threatened to end the payments, which help reduce health insurance copays and deductibles for people with modest incomes, but remain under a legal cloud. With people's lives at stake, the health care question is a microcosm for the larger battle between unregulated capitalism and state intervention. It was Trump's most concrete step to undo Obamacare since he took office in January promising to dismantle Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement.

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In a statement Thursday night House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer slammed the decision as a 'spiteful act of vast, pointless sabotage'.

They also could be subject to limits on annual and lifetime costs, and people with preexisting conditions could be charged more for their coverage.

'Cutting health care subsidies will mean more uninsured in my district, ' Republican representative for Florida Ileana Ros-Lehtinen tweeted when the decision was announced Thursday. Earlier Thursday he signed an executive order to make lower-premium healthcare plans more widely available.

But the White House kept up its attacks on the health care law. "Anything that allows them to amalgamate their purchasing power will be helpful".

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"If these reports are true", the Democrats said, "the president is walking away from the good-faith, bipartisan Alexander-Murray negotiations and risking the health care of millions of Americans". The CBO also found that ending the payments would add $194 billion dollars to the federal deficit by 2026.

Obamacare enrollees eligible to receive premium subsidies, which are not affected by Trump's move, will continue to get discounted rates. Up to this point the Trump administration continued making the monthly payments, as the Obama administration had done.

"This summer, the courts granted our intervention to defend these vital subsidies and the quality, affordable health care they ensure for millions of families across the country". Insurers, hospitals, doctors' groups, state officials and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have urged the administration to keep paying.

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