President Trump will halt subsidy payments to insurers who sell coverage under Obamacare — a move that would deal a critical blow to the program, the White House confirmed Thursday night. “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. Trump has decided to end the payments — which cost about $7 billion this year — after the GOP failed numerous efforts to repeal Obamacare on Capitol Hill. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Comments: While the GOP obstructionists sat on the sidelines taking potshots, Donald the Builder fired up his bulldozer and demolished the monstrosity all on his own.
And while the president is at it pull the cushy health insurance that obama gave congress. Let them go on the exchanges starting Nov. 1st just like millions will be forced to do. Without the subsidies they now receive they can pay through the nose too.
Mr. Tacopino must be pitching a job at the NY Times. First, $7 billion in US taxpayer money saved is actually a positive. Second, the so-called critical blow was written into the law. It wasn´t Trump´s idea. Everyone had been told that government (US taxpayer) subsidies wouldn’t be needed after 2017, because O´Care would be self-sustaining. Insurers are legally allowed to opt out of the program after 2017 or 2018 if slush fund is discontinued. Tacopino doesn´t understand there are consequences to decades of imperial rule and hatred of voters.
I envision a bus, with "Obamacare" painted on the side, upside down in the ditch with the engine on fire, you are at the back looking down the side. Trump is at the back, holding open the emergency exit door and helping folks to climb outof the burning wreck.
Across the street there are a couple of jackasses (with big ears) screaming, "He´s sabotaging the bus!"
The only thing keeping this lead balloon up in the air was billions of dollars of taxpayer money fed into the furnace to keep it aloft. Without these subsidies it´s going to come crashing down on its own bloated weight.
Trump gave Congress the opportunity to fix it. They chose not to. So he´s going to let it crash on its own.
´m not sure I agree with this until I find out more about it.What I do know is thee dems will make hay out of it.Horror stories will abound. On the other hand I love that trump allows for buying insurance across state lines.One of the reasons Obamacare is so expensive is there isn´t much competition. Word will get around which is the cheapest state and subscribers will flock there.
The Vietnam War was ended by stopping the funding. Looks like it will work again in this case. My girlfriend loves Obamacare and was in tears and having a panic attack tonight because Trump is “undermining” OCare. All she does is watch CNN all day and I feel very sorry for her. She gets the low income subsidized Cover Calif plan, and is totally worried that Trump will take it away from her. Even though her rate has increased substantially and she just lost a Rx medication that was covered because now it is too expensive and she cant get it. She just doesn’t understand what’s going on.
There is no end to the wailing that democrats have planned in response to this announcement. They will trot out victims, accuse Trump of murder and democrats and the media can estimate the death toll backed up with "non-partisan" research. As usual, Republicans are on the wrong emotional side. We cannot win.
Now this is truly an act of draining the swamp! “Boatloads of Federal money”, as Justice Kagan so succinctly put it in reference to Obamacare, is the life-sustaining nourishment for all the critters that call the swamp home. The next few days, Sunday shows in particular, should produce some of the highest pitches whines, the least apt metaphors, and the most menacing threats ever heard in the public square. We’ll be coached to interpret these noisy remonstrations as proper dissent but I, for one, will be hearing the death rattle of the swamp critters. The world was able to keep going without dinosaurs and we too will survive without swamp critters. Like the dinosaurs, they’ll die off without knowing what hit them. Excellent job by the Prez but it makes me wonder why Dr. “Jetman” Price hadn’t already done this. Kathleen Sibelius would not, and did not, dither when having her way with this ridiculous law.
I’ll take wild guess that a lawsuit will be filed in the Ninth Circuit and some far leftist Federal Judge will issue a stay in President Trump’s executive order. Which will then drag on all the way to the Supreme Court. Of course this same Judge had no problem with any of obama’s Executive orders even the Unconstitutional ones like DACA. Just more obstruction by the left. Anything that helps America hurts the left such is their hatred for the country!
The left wing media are jumping all over this saying prices will go up. This is the only way to make insurance competitive and bring down the cost. This is how we handle our car insurance, you pick and choose what best fits you and your automobile. I pray we see a big drop in premiums soon.
No wonder the Democrats are trying to get him out of office pretending he´s Crazy. Yeah, he´s crazy like a Fox! He is doing what he has done all of his adult life. He´s getting the job done!! He gave the Senate a chance and they passed! Now he´s showing the country what they COULD HAVE DONE, but chose not to do! PLEASE keep up the good work and take away the Subsidies Congress enjoys. Let them live UNDER THEIR RULES! They should NOT have a special exemption while the rest of the country has to pay high premiums!
Donald J. Trump will go down as the most effective President in history. He is doing exactly what he told the American people he would do if elected. We voted for change now we need to primary out the spineless Republicans so he can really MAGA!
One has to wonder if the reason Congress refused, refuses, to do the right thing and repeal ACA is because it was, "crafted", by the first black president(legacy innuendo) OR it´s based solely on the politicians selfish Obamacare related investments. Oh, throw in direct $ payoffs to the politicians as a possibility in refusal to touch/repeal Obamacare.
I have refused to sign up for ACA, never have, never will. I´ve gone to a nearby clinic(Floyd Medical Center, Ga) the past three years, once for a broken foot and more recently a scorpion sting. The medical personnel are nothing short of delighted I´m paying cash, begin thinking up ways to lower my bill! They must not like going the insurance route, namely ACA. Last time I got out of there for just $80.00.
Congress and staff were originally supposed to be subject to 0bamcare until the staffers realized how expensive it was. Then they got Smidgen to sign an executive order letting them out of it or getting subsidies for it.
As federal expenditures go, $7 billion isn´t all that much but it´s perfectly targeted as a spear against the heart of BOCare.
The Republican Congress is going to massively regret not repealing BOCare and crafting a replacement. Trump is doing the necessary thing given Congressional ineptness but that doesn´t mean it´s going to be pretty. Instead of a controlled emergency landing and exit via the emergency slides, parts of BOCare are going to explode, crash, and burn. Congress will be FORCED to step up and craft a transition or face a big mess.
Trump is forcing Congress to step up to its responsibilities in health care, immigration, and other areas. He pulled out the extralegal props that the dems put in place to keep things limping along and told Congress, "Fix it the right way". That is excellent and more durable.
It´s also entertaining to see Ryan and McConnell sweating under the spotlights.
Trump told everybody what he was going to do but the nattering nabobs did not listen.
The insurance companies are one of the reasons that the ACA is so bad that it stinks. Nice try getting all American taxpayers to pay for the permanent hypochondriacs out there. Now the insurance companies can suffer the consequences until the turtles in congress do something.
Now, terminate the mandate. Get congress off the free ride.
And, #17, please listen, we like you. Get a conservative GF. Life will be so much easier.
The Democrats set a clever trap with Obolacare, and the Republicans cannot avoid stepping into it. And while the President is doing the right thing, it may disrupt the republican majorities in congress. HE HAS TO EXPLAIN THIS ACTION TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
Insurance companies were one of the few businesses which survived the Great Depression and the Great Recession almost intact. (http://www.insreglaw.com/2012/02/insurance-industry-and-great-recession.html)
Unless those companies were subsidized by the government on the qt during the recession, they figured out how to stay in business and make money without government subsidies. If they did it then, they can do it now.
I´m not going to start dancing in the streets about this happening. While I really enjoy what Trump is doing, I and all of us hear, know full well that the dims will have many lawsuits filed probably as soon as this coming Monday. And they will be filed in just about federal court that has an Obozo judge. And the entire mess will take at least a year to be finally finalized. And who knows will happen by then.
Healthcare experts have already said it will take the industry two years to enact cross state insurance policies. How long will it take the healthcare industry to hike up premiums to cover the loss of subsidies and blame Trump for it? Yesterday.
They don´t want to lose their Obamacare boondoggle. They will get their pound of flesh one way or another.
2,700+ pages that the Democrats had to pass to find out what a huge burden it is. Why would they not put the uninsured on opm.gov and tack the increased premiums on federal employees. Now the President needs to act to get the Democrats to act on something they may actually read.
The President gave Congress ample time to repeal and replace. Congress (aka the uniparty) refused. They made their bed. Now they have to sleep in it. McCain, Paul, and Collins, this debacle has your name on it.
Pig Lousy and ShumtaBump should have helped the GOPe draw up a reasonable ACA repeal and replace act. Congress gets an "F" for failure. Now they have to live with their inaction, and PT´s pen and phone construction.
Cry Me a river Congress, you are only one or two IQ points above the NFL intelligence level which is about 30 points currently.
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