Trump Defends Cutting Subsidies For Low-Income Obamacare Recipients

President Donald Trump waves to members of the media before boarding Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then onto Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Donald Trump waves to members of the media before boarding Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md.... President Donald Trump waves to members of the media before boarding Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then onto Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) MORE LESS
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President Donald Trump on Friday justified his refusal to pay Obamacare’s cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs) by saying the payments had only served to prop up the stock prices of insurance companies.

Until Thursday night, CSRs were regular subsidies to insurance companies, authorized by the executive branch, in order to lessen the cost of health care for low-income people — those earning between 100 and 250 percent of the federal poverty line — buying insurance on Obamacare’s exchanges.

In short: The government paid insurance companies to provide cheaper plans to low-income people.

“If you take a look at CSR payments, that money is going to insurance companies to prop up insurance companies,” Trump told reporters on his way to Marine One.

A reporter responded that the payments were meant to help low-income people afford insurance.

“That money is going to insurance companies to lift up their stock price,” Trump said. “And that’s not what I’m about.”

“Take a look at who those insurance companies support and I guarantee you one thing, it’s not Donald Trump,” he added.

Trump’s past threats to cut off CSR payments sent insurance markets into turmoil. And his move Thursday night — in addition to an executive order that made it easier for individuals to buy insurance plans that do not comply with Obamacare — was widely seen as an attempt to sabotage Obamacare and force Congress to legislate an alternative.

Without the subsidies, health care markets could become radically destabilized. The Congressional Budget Office projected in August that cutting off CSRs would increase the federal deficit nearly $200 billion between 2017 and 2026, and that individuals whose care depended on the payments could see 20 percent higher premiums by 2018, and 25 percent higher premiums by 2020.

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  1. So he showed a complete lack of understanding of the topic and lied about it, just like everything else.

  2. Avatar for j.dave j.dave says:

    “Take a look at who those insurance companies people with functioning minds support and I guarantee you one thing, it’s not Donald Trump,” he added.

    FIFY

  3. “Trump Defends Cutting Subsidies For Low-Income Obamacare Recipients.”

    “In order to save the village, we had to destroy it.” – Unnamed US Major, after bombing Bến Tre.

  4. He can’t give tax cuts to the very wealthy if the government gives subsidies to help low income people purchase health insurance.

  5. Avatar for maxie maxie says:

    Having grown up with ignorant hillbillies I know this is the only way they’ll learn. They have to suffer the consequences of their own decisions, then figure it out themselves that they were wrong. As soon as some smarty pants liberal tries to explain it, they’ll believe the opposite just to spite them. In fact, this pretty much sums up hillbilly support for the GOP.

    Let em suffer.

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