The president is committed to the cause of repealing the Affordable Care Act, no matter what the human cost.
Last week, he announced his administration was ending cost-sharing reduction, or CSR, payments that help insurance companies provide low-cost coverage to low-income Americans. This week, as unsurprising public measure mounted, Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray announced a bipartisan deal to save the CSR payments for two years, while simultaneously providing a large sum of money to boost enrollment in the ACA.
The president has been very hesitant in his endorsement of the proposal, which has yet to pass Congress. In an early Wednesday morning tweet, he put this hesitancy on display yet again, leaving the health insurance of large numbers of Americans in the air since it’s unclear whether or not he would even sign the deal if it made it to his desk.
‘I am supportive of Lamar as a person & also of the process, but I can never support bailing out ins co’s who have made a fortune w/ O’Care.’
For one, being supportive of Sen. Alexander “as a person” is basically irrelevant here; however, Trump misses the real issue. The CSR payments aren’t just bailouts to insurance companies; they allow for low-income Americans to have affordable coverage so they don’t die.
As MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin noted:
‘If no legislative steps are taken, Trump’s move to kill subsidies would increase premiums by 20% next year, 25% by 2020 per CBO.’
Check out Twitter’s response to the president’s tweet below.
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