by Countable | 10.13.17
On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that he said would begin "saving the American people from the nightmare of Obamacare." (Countable’s run-down of the EO can be found here.) Hours later, the president announced he was ending the cost-sharing reduction payments (CSR) — the subsidies the federal government pays insurers to help them reduce the cost of insurance for low-income customers.
In a series of early-morning tweets on Friday, the President said:
The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped. Dems should call me to fix!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2017
An hour later, the President followed up with another tweet:
ObamaCare is a broken mess. Piece by piece we will now begin the process of giving America the great HealthCare it deserves!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2017
The response to Trump’s twin attacks on the Affordable Care Act has, as expected, been mixed. Here’s what they’re saying…
"Dems" did not “call [Trump] to fix!” Instead, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) issued a joint statement, calling Trump’s move:
"A spiteful act of vast, pointless sabotage leveled at working families and the middle class in every corner of America. 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."
Schumer also tweeted:
Sadly, instead of working to lower health costs for Americans, it seems @POTUS will singlehandedly hike Americans’ health premiums.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) October 13, 2017
Sen. Rand Paul, however, was on hand for the president’s executive order signing. The Kentucky legislator tweeted:
Millions of people who now go it alone or in very small groups will join together and make the CONSUMER THE KING https://t.co/cBPaClGsam— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) October 12, 2017
Another Kentucky legislator ― Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ― echoed these sentiments.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) also applauded the decision. In a statement, the Wisconsin lawmaker said that the "power of the purse belongs to Congress" and therefore it was unconstitutional for the executive branch to issue CSR payments.
"Today’s decision by the Trump administration to end the appeal of that ruling preserves a monumental affirmation of Congress’s authority and the separation of powers. Obamacare has proven itself to be a fatally flawed law, and the House will continue to work with Trump administration to provide the American people a better system."
Not everyone with an (R) after their name felt the same. Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen tweeted:
Cutting health care subsidies will mean more uninsured in my district. @potus promised more access, affordable coverage. This does opposite.— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) October 13, 2017
Some states have announced they plan to sue the Trump administration in order to protect health care subsidies. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) tweeted:
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Written by Countable