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What They’re Saying: Trump’s ACA EO and Ending Insurance Subsidies

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:

An hour later, the President followed up with another tweet:

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:

Sen. Rand Paul, however, was on hand for the president’s executive order signing. The Kentucky legislator tweeted:

Later, Paul retweeted a kudos from the Kentucky GOP: "Thanks to @realDonaldTrump & @RandPaul, this EO is the biggest free-market reform of healthcare in a generation"

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:

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:

Now that you know what they’re saying, what do you have to say? Hit Take Action and say it to your reps — then tell your fellow citizens below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Ann
    10/13/2017
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    This is what my mother used to call “cutting off your nose to spite your face.” Assuring failure of our healthcare system, simply due to hatred of all things Obama and refusal to allow bipartisan debate is exactly that. Does the President not understand how detrimental this action will be for those who need healthcare most? Hopefully our Congressmen realize (and care) how harmful this punitive action on the part of the President will be, and will take action to stop it, then debate the matter properly!

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  • Cindylen
    10/13/2017
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    To my Representatives: Healthcare is no longer affordable for the average citizen. You have the ability and creativity to do something about it. Please do not leave an increasing number of citizens with the inability to be productive. We need coverage for preexisting conditions. We need drug companies to stop spending so much on advertising. We do not want clinics that take up hours of our time and treat us like numbers. Our time is our ability to earn money that we need to survive. Stop taking away our ability to get good healthcare. trump praised Australia ‘s healthcare system. We could start there.

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  • Mark
    10/13/2017
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    I can’t understand this sort of legislation. It harms the most vulnerable of Americans, is going to cost the government more according to current estimates. This makes no fiscal or moral sense. Does Donald Trump hate Barack Obama’s or his legacy so much that he is willing to endanger the lives of millions of low income Americans? Or does he just hate poor people? I guess I should no longer be surprised, he sympathizes with Nazis, and He and congress have already showed their contempt for the Americans in Puerto Rico. American is no longer the shining beacon on the hill, we are a failed democracy, now oligarchy.

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  • Susan
    10/13/2017
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    Trump' discontinuing subsidies for healthcare costs is cruel and completely unacceptable. Healthcare is too expensive for a lot of Americans without it. He is making healthcare worse not better.

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  • Linda
    10/13/2017
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    It’s ok to give subsidies to big business, but not healthcare. Sadly our president has no compassion and is not a humanitarian. Typical GOP. Greed before People.

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  • Christine
    10/13/2017
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    From Bloomberg news: “The Congressional Budget Office estimated that ending the cost-sharing payments would increase the budget deficit by $194 billion over the next decade as subsidy outlays jump.” Middle class will bear this tax increase. djt is incompetent.

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  • Cheryl
    10/13/2017
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    Everyone in the U.S. should read the book,"An American Sickness: How Health Care Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back" by Elisabeth Rosenthal. The extensively researched book proves how the high costs of health care will continue to increase exponentially until we get our elected (and heavily) lobbied officials to do something.

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  • Diana
    10/13/2017
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    I represent myself and about eight million other Americans who lost their healthcare due to Obamacare. They say you could get coverage for pre-existing conditions, but didn't tell you it would cost more than your mortgage. It was not us who received subsidizing - it was the insurance companies. I couldn't be prouder of our President.

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  • Clay
    10/13/2017
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    My experience with the ACA has been very positive. What has not been positive is Trump's presidency. This man is out for himself only. If he really cared HE would offer a truly better Heath care plain to the American people. He had been unable. He has lied, bragged about groping women's genitalia, won't be transparent, has involved his family, unlawfully into the management of the USA and now looks to take heath insurance from millions of Americans. He is unapologetic. This President needs to be removed from office by what ever legal means necessary. First though, my senators and my House Representative need to call out for the removal of this illegal President. Republican as well as Democratic voices need to be heard. Don't wait act now! Please save our democracy.

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  • Dave
    10/14/2017
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    How little respect our politicians must have for the common men and women of America. Not only did they cut funding to ACA insurers sending rates skyrocketing in red states just prior to an election, they have the stones to turn around and lie in the faces of hardworking Americans in an attempt to return to a more profitable environment for their healthcare/insurance industry donors. How incredibly ignorant have we become when we blindly embrace ideas not our own. We have become great fools who see only truth on lies and lies in truth. How pathetic we are when we stop questioning a politicians motives. We are lost.

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  • Ken
    10/13/2017
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    I could read the wring on the cheto bag. Ladies you have no health coverage for contraception prevention. Donald and only Donald did this. By the way no healthcare for pre existing conditions, like ability to become pregnant. Who wins in this cruel, mean spirited move? Maybe a good move for women would be to take away man's need for viagra.

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  • Kathy
    10/13/2017
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    This means you Doug LaMalfa! This and most everything the Putin/Republicans do is criminal. They will KILL our children because they won't authorize C.H.I P . They will KILL American citizens in Puerto Rico because they are brown and do not vote! They will KILL American citizens in our country of all colors because they are poor by taking away their healthcare , (they tried to get their wealthcare through, yeah who gets the money they took the from the CRS funds). They will KILL those addicted to opioids because the rich will not fund help, they KILL . They have the police KILL the African Americans and not even get charged and if you protest you are arrested, including the severely disabled protesting for their very lives! Unless you are an athlete, then they want you to stop complaining and do whatever they say, after all the very WHITE rich are paying you (hunger games?) The NRA/Putin/Republicans INSISTS we need automatic weapons and police in schools, have mentally impaired veterans with access to guns so that more American kids and adults can be slaughtered and KILLED and those who survived need healthcare go-fund-me sites. Now they, Putin/Republicans want to KILL as many as possible in Iran or North Korea or both! This is the most corrupt government that we have ever seen, 1/2 or all the cabinet is under investigation. People read Bannon's ,John Bolton's and Sessions ideology. It is all war , destruction and social and ethnic cleansing!!!!! I WILL GET NEWS ORGANIZATIONS! GROUPS TO SAY THE NAMES OF OUR AMERICANS WHO DIE BECAUSE OF YOUR CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR!!! And of course you are led by MORON TRUMP! Oh yea, all this is sanctioned by the EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS

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  • Surender
    10/13/2017
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    Congress take notice... one cannot steer / run this country (or any for that matter) based on vendetta and it is very clear that exactly drives the MORON in chief every waking hour! And you are standing by as casual accomplices? Do your job! Get him out before we reach the point of no return !!!

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  • Andi
    10/13/2017
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    What more can Trump do before he is considered an enemy of the Republic. A domestic terrorist looking to weaken the foundation of democracy for the fun. Wake up you overpaid spineless blind followers that rent seats in Congress and the house. Jesus Christ he can't put a coherent thought together but make sure you let him deal with nuclear passcode and negotiations. All the Obamacare covered traitors who jumped ship over to this narcissistic Titanic don't you freakin say a word when you can't get or afford insurance. Go to the f'tard and ask him to cover you.

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  • Diana
    10/13/2017
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    Congress has done everything it can to keep President Trump's agenda from moving forward. We think he should also walk back the 45 EO's Obama put in place that force the American people to pay for 73% of healthcare premiums for Congress, their staff and families. They never should have been excluded from all the hell Obamacare put us through when it was nothing more than a main design to work towards a single-payer system.

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  • Jen
    10/13/2017
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    Speak out against this EO. Not only is it unwise to govern by executive order, like R's hated during the Obama administration, it also leaves people, like me, and my family members with PECs in limbo. Tell the president to stop playing politics with people's lives!

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  • Stephen
    10/14/2017
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    Regarding ACA, I recently started at a reputable company in a professional position. The employee share of coverage on a Cigna plan will cost my wife and I $1,200 per month. On ACA, a Kaiser plan with $2,000 deductible, for a 51-year old male, is $420 per month. A 51-year old woman is $460. It’s 60% of the free market price. It doesn’t get more clear that ACA needs to be improved, not repealed. We had several Presidents complain about the financial hardship caused by medical insurance costs. It took Obama, who was a little weak on some issues, to have the courage to take it on. It’s a complicated mess. Fix it, don’t repeal it, please.

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  • William
    10/14/2017
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    I wake up every day wondering what bird-brain stunt Trump is going to pull today. Today was no exception! This guy HAS has to go.

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  • Gordy
    10/13/2017
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    Maybe this will bring dems to the table to work on a health system that works for everyone without government sticking its nose between you and your dr, don't forget all the lies .. like your dr you can keep them,like your policy you can keep it, average family would save 2500 a year -it went the other way and then some! Maybe we could work on fixing the lies first! Don't forget that dems swear to never work with PRESEDENT Trump! And on top of all that we are going to give insurance companies 10s of billions of dollars for bailouts!

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  • Jeremy
    10/13/2017
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    Thank you Trump end Obamacare anyway possible.

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