White House Confirms It's Ending Cost-sharing Subsidies That Help Millions of People Afford Health Care

Photo: Getty
Photo: Getty

A few hours after Donald Trump signed an executive order laying the groundwork for depleted health care plans down the road, the White House confirmed reports on Thursday that the Trump administration will be ending federal subsidies for health insurers that help millions of low-income Americans afford health care by covering their deductibles and other out-of-pocket expenses.

Advertisement

Politico reports that the Affordable Care Act subsidies, known a “cost-sharing reduction payments” were projected to amount to $7 billion this year. Top officials at the Health and Human Services Department announced in a separate statement on Thursday that the cessation of funds would be implemented immediately.

Of its shameful, harmful political calculation the White House had this to say: “The government cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments…. Congress needs to repeal and replace the disastrous Obamacare law and provide real relief to the American people.”

Advertisement

The Washington Post reports that scrapping the subsidies is grounds for any insurer to back out of its contract with the federal government to sell health coverage in 2018.

Senate and House Minority Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi said in a joint statement that with these health care modifications Trump has “apparently decided to punish the American people for his inability to improve our health car system.” They go on the call Tump’s decision “a spiteful act of vast, pointless sabotage leveled at working families and the middle class in every corner of America.”

contributing writer, nights

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

hamletgoessafari
Hamlet goes against fascism

Hey all y’all who didn’t vote, here are the consequences of elections. Neil Gorsuch, implosion of one-sixth of the economy, pre-emptive war, indifference from DoJ to anyone not in power, and tax cuts for rich people are on the menu because of your inaction.

The only way to contain this man is to elect a Democratic majority to Congress in 2018. Paul Ryan will do nothing. Mitch McConnell will do nothing. All the other Republicans will grumble, perhaps publicly, but they too will do nothing to stop this tantrum-throwing 70 year-old from kablamming our society and the rest of the world.