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Uncertainty grows as Trump delays a health care decision

25 May 2017

But Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of a cynical ploy. The cost-sharing reduction, or CSR, payments are separate from Obamacare's other income-based subsidies to help individuals afford their insurance premiums.

Democrats can try to play hardball on this issue, but the White House really can stop the payments at any time by simply dropping its objection to the lawsuit.

This new filing doesn't explode Obamacare.

In contrast, under the ACAs “individual mandate, ” people are required to have health insurance or pay a fine equal to the greater of 2.5 percent of their income or $695 per adult.

So Trump is splitting the difference.

Disagreements between the conservative House Freedom Caucus (HFC) and the "centrist" Tuesday Group proved to be fatal for the AHCA in late March, forcing Trump and Ryan to pull the bill hours before it was slated to go up for a vote on the House floor. Still, this isn't huge comfort to insurers that sell on the Obamacare marketplaces.

"You know when people say, 'Oh, Obamacare is so wonderful, ' there is no Obamacare, it's dead", Trump said in a recent interview with The Economist magazine.

The White House had told congressional leaders it would make the monthly payment for May, which were due on May 19, but had stayed mum on payments thereafter.

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While the delay will move the next update for the case to mid-August, the deadline for insurers to submit their 2018 plans for Obamacare exchanges in most states is June 21.

One Republican senator said on Monday that he believed the money for the subsidies should be appropriated by Congress. That would get rid of the uncertainty around this issue completely. "What I think should happen and will happen is the Democrats will start calling me and negotiating".

State officials, the health industry and Democrats in Congress have pushed for the payments to continue, saying that ending them would upend the insurance market and cost millions of people their health insurance. "Short of that, we'd have to assume they're not being paid". At least one major insurer, Molina, has said it would immediately drop its health care marketplace plans.

So now things are up to him, and there are some indications he doesn't want to make the payments. "You know if I ever stop wanting to pay the subsidies, which I will". And following the House GOP's successful vote in early May, when members held a celebratory press conference with the president in the Rose Garden, Trump's numbers declined a net 7 points. This causes the most chaos for insurers, since the original ruling would stand and Trump couldn't legally fund the payments without consent from Congress. But the federal government is supposed to reimburse them for the amount of money discounted. Without the so-called "cost-sharing subsidies", experts say premiums could jump by about 20 percent. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

"McConnell steps into Obamacare firing line": "McConnell's strategy is to keep the debate within his conference for as long as possible. The estimate assumes the state would retain the existing $200 billion in local, state and federal funding it now receives to offset the total $400 billion price tag".

The court case is known as House v. Price. At the same time, they asked the court to hear the case promptly.

A rift between conservative and moderate Republicans in Congress is emerging, stalling almost every legislative push of President Donald Trump's administration.

Uncertainty grows as Trump delays a health care decision