White House says it cannot lawfully pay subsidies to insurance carriers under Obamacare, thereby putting another nail in the disastrous socialist ObamaCare coffin.
Via Fox News
President Trump plans to halt payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act “immediately,” in a major blow to ObamaCare that is likely to draw a legal challenge.
The president, though, used the overnight decision to up pressure on Democrats to negotiate a “fix” to the “imploding” health care law.
“The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped. Dems should call me to fix!” he said in a pre-dawn tweet on Friday.
He added, “ObamaCare is a broken mess. Piece by piece we will now begin the process of giving America the great HealthCare it deserves!”
The decision is the latest effort in the president’s bid to ultimately “repeal and replace” what’s considered the signature legislation of his White House predecessor.
The White House said in a statement that the Department of Health and Human Services has determined there is no appropriation for so-called cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers under the ObamaCare law.
“We will discontinue these payments immediately,” said acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan and Medicare administrator Seema Verma.
……Earlier Thursday, Trump predicted that “millions and millions of people” would benefit from an executive order he signed Thursday to make lower-premium health insurance plans more widely available.
But the changes Trump hopes to bring about could take months or even longer. That’s according to administration officials who outlined the order for reporters. The proposals may not be finalized in time to affect coverage for 2019, let alone next year.
White House domestic policy director Andrew Bremberg said that Trump still believes Congress needs to repeal and replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. The White House described the order as first steps.
The dismantling of ObamaCare is being achieved through the collapse of its own tyrannical corruption.
Obama’s “affordable care” clusterfuck includes middle class tax increases, death Panels, no freedom of choice for your own healthcare, and skyrocketing costs. Doctors are closing their doors. UnitedHealth, the nation’s largest health insurer, is exiting the individual insurance market, and Aetna warned customers of impending cost increases. Hawaii’s 205 million dollar ObamaCare system is folding.
Estimates for the nation-wide costs of ObamaCare will exceed $1.8 trillion annually, funds for pre-existing health conditions are no longer available, family premiums will increase by $3000,businesses are cutting employees’ wages and hours, and ending insurance for any new hires.
Unions, the leftwingnut media, and the Dems who held a majority in the House and Senate during the 2010 healthcare debate, pushed this oppressive monstrosity through the legislature. No one read the fucking bill. No one will take responsibility for consequences. Not the unions, the Dem politicians, or the morons in their voting districts who thought of it as another free benefit, like food stamps and their Obama phone. As reality sets in, the rats are jumping from the ship.
It was concocted by a belligerent Dem oligarchy, behind closed doors, away from the public. They never bothered to read Obama’s socialist Frankenstein before they rammed through the legislature. They chose instead to ‘pass it to see what was in it’.
Obamacare co-ops are collapsing across the country with major insurers dropping out in droves. United Health Group, Anthem, Humana, Aetna, and other healthcare providers are opting out completely or withdrawing from the states with the highest costs. The premiums for individuals and working families have increased astronomically,
According to the Fiscal Times, the 2017 Obamacare premiums in Arizona rose by 116%. Other states such as Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Oklahoma saw price increases of over 50%.
The Republicans submitted several good alternatives to ObamaCare, and every single one was dismissed by the Dems. They contain preventive health care, tax credits, reduction of fraud and abuse in existing federal health care programs, and tort reform.
The Patient’s Choice Act of 2009
Health Care Freedom Plan, S. 1324
Empowering Patients First Act, H.R. 3400
If the Republicans have any shred of common sense, they’ll craft a healthcare bill that starts with the premise of free market choice and patient preference.