The President has threatened to blow up Obamacare for Congress and even for the nation.
Apparently, Congress has certain benefits that could be taken away if President Trump decides to blow up Obamacare for them. They would then experience the plan much the same way as we do. That is what the Wall Street Journal says in it’s headline: “Donald Trump Threatens to Cancel Some Health-Care Benefits for Lawmakers.”
The story does back up the headline but it also tells us a lot more. In addition to making Congress feel the pain of the law they are refusing to repeal, Trump might be able to blow up all of Obamacare.
President Donald Trump made one of his most explicit threats to cut off payments to insurance companies to force senators and lobbyists back to the bargaining table for a GOP health-care bill, and saying, for the first time, that he was also willing to cancel some of lawmakers’ health-care benefits.
“If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!” Mr. Trump tweeted Saturday.
For months, Mr. Trump has threatened to stop reimbursements to insurance companies—a part of the ACA—but his administration has always paid them in the end, including amid significant uncertainty in June and at a crucial moment in GOP negotiations just a week ago in July.
The next set of payments, which total millions of dollars for insurers that have lowered deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs for the poorest enrollees in coverage under the law also known as Obamacare, is due in three weeks.
Those payments have been challenged in court by House Republicans, who argue the funds were never authorized by Congress. A federal judge has sided with the House but allowed the payments to continue until the litigation concludes.
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