President Trump threatened to wipe out government payments to insurers that subsidize Obamacare costs for congressional members and their aides.
“If ObamaCare is hurting people,” the President queried on social media, “why should Congress not be paying what public pays?”
It’s long been a question the American people have asked – If we have to suffer under Obamacare, why shouldn’t the lawmakers who forced it upon us suffer as well?
If ObamaCare is hurting people, & it is, why shouldn’t it hurt the insurance companies & why should Congress not be paying what public pays?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2017
Via the Daily Mail:
President Trump hinted on Monday that he’s prepared to end federal government subsidy payments to medical insurers this week, hastening the implosion of the Obamacare system and forcing congressional action.
And he suggested that members of Congress and their staffs should no longer have a sweetheart deal that gives them taxpayer dollars to offset the cost of enrolling in insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
‘If ObamaCare is hurting people, & it is, why shouldn’t it hurt the insurance companies & why should Congress not be paying what public pays?’ the president tweeted.
Today’s message from Trump follows up another he delivered over the weekend, a more direct threat that warned “bailouts for members of Congress will end very soon.”
If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017
Last week, Republicans John McCain, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski joined every Democrat in the Senate to defeat an Obamacare repeal bill that had been promised to the voting public for over seven years.
Now, Trump is fighting those Congress members who failed the American people, threatening to end the $7 billion/year subsidies. He has only guaranteed those payments through July.
Chief counselor to the White House, Kellyanne Conway, told Fox News on Sunday that Trump hadn’t committed entirely to ending the cost-sharing payments.
‘He’s going to make that decision this week, and that’s a decision that only he can make,’ Conway said.
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