Trump Ends Obamacare Cost-Sharing Subsidies

By on October 13, 2017
Trump is sabotaging Obamacare.

Since the GOP-led Congress couldn’t manage to destroy Obamacare, it looks like President Trump is doing everything he can to sabotage the law from the White House.

Late Thursday, the President announced he would be ending cost-share subsidies that help many Americans actually afford insurance coverage. In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the move to end the subsidies was “based on guidance from the Justice Department.”

“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,” Sanders continued.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) responded with a joint statement of their own.

“It is a spiteful act of vast, pointless sabotage leveled at working families and the middle class in every corner of America,” Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a joint statement. “Make no mistake about it, Trump will try to blame the Affordable Care Act, but this will fall on his back and he will pay the price for it.”

Not all Republicans are on board with Trump’s plan, though. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) tweeted a response to the announcement in which she said many of her district’s residents will lose their Obamacare coverage.

During the Obama administration, far-right pundits were all over the news waves talking about the prevalence of executive orders and how these kinds of decisions should be handled by Congress. Now that one of their own is actually implementing an executive order that will results in millions of Americans losing access to health insurance, they are conspicuously silent.

Not one to pass up an opportunity to make the situation all about him, Trump tweeted at Democrats calling on them to negotiate directly with him for a “fix” to the law.

By taking matters into his own hands, however, Trump has hurt his chances of any Democratic leader working with him on healthcare, or anything else.