NY To Join Lawsuit Over Effort To Cut Health Provision
16 October, 2017, 20:51 | Author: Leticia Walters
The Trump administration announced that it would no longer authorize the payments, which the courts have ruled would be the equivalent of an illegal $10 billion gift to insurance companies, in 2018.
A slate of Democratic attorneys general immediately filed a lawsuit to try to preserve the money, which reimburses insurers for picking up low-income customers' out-of-pocket costs. The insurers said they will fight to keep the subsidies.
Democrats accuse Mr. Trump of playing politics with people's lives. "And it's just a shame that he's doing it on the backs of working Americans".
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., questioned whether Trump fully understands where the Alexander-Murray negotiations stand.
Young's office did not respond to a request for comment Friday on the President's decision on cost-sharing payments.
Prospects of a deal to defuse the situation already seem dim, however. In light of this analysis, the Government can not lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments. It was a protection to say when you gave a plan you couldn't have such a high deductible.
"Based on guidance from the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services has concluded that there is no appropriation for cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under Obamacare", the White House said in a statement. For more on the CSR backstory see here and here; for more on the intervention, see here; and for Health Affairs Blog posts on cost-sharing reduction payments, see here. "What this money is used for is to help low-income people afford their deductibles and their co-pays so that their health care is available to them", said Sen.
"The legal theory here, the legal argument, is they're violating federal law by not making payments that are statutorily required", Swanson said.
The statement added: "The bailout of insurance companies through these unlawful payments is yet another example of how the previous administration abused taxpayer dollars and skirted the law to prop up a broken system".
"Unable to move the repeal of the Affordable Care Act in Congress, President Trump is now attempting to administratively dismantle the ACA bit by bit".
The next cost-sharing payments to insurance companies were supposed to be next Wednesday, meaning the insurance companies won't get paid and ultimately will be forced to raise rates for people who can't afford to pay them.
"Asked if Trump's actions would hurt Americans, she replied: "I do believe that". Some House Republicans endorsed bipartisan fixes endorsed by the Problem Solvers Caucus.
The Democratic prosecutor said Friday that NY is part of a California lawsuit and that the Republican president's decision to end subsidies to insurers for low-income participants would cripple the state's health care market, drive up insurance costs and cause poor people to go untreated. The reductions cost insurers around $7 billion a year now. This is not a bailout of the insurers. People who benefit will continue receiving the discounts because insurers are obligated by law to provide them. In other states, however, insurers have to date been instructed to assume that the payments will be made, or have been given no instructions whatsoever. Insurers will have to refile their rates and will likely not be able to do so before open enrollment begins in three weeks. "It's gone", Trump said Monday. "Either he doesn't know or he doesn't care".
Pelosi said the blame for a shutdown would rest with Trump and Republicans in control of Congress. The Obama administration appealed, arguing that there was in fact an appropriation.
House Republicans have passed a repeal-and-replace bill, but Senate Republicans have struggled to find a consensus on their own bill.
"The Republicans have the majority". He had to cancel votes on two of them after facing an embarrassing floor defeat on the first.
"I commend the President for acting and acting boldly", said Young.
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