"He's really a terrible client, President Trump is," University of Michigan law professor Nicholas Bagley said
President Donald Trump listens during during an event to unveil legislation that would place new limits on legal immigration, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in Washington. photo: AP/Evan Vucci, photo: AP/Evan Vucci
02 of August 2017 12:43:26
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's bold threat to push "Obamacare" into collapse may get harder to carry out after a new court ruling.The procedural decision late Tuesday by a federal appeals panel in Washington has implications for millions of consumers. The judges said that a group of states can defend the legality of government "cost-sharing" subsidies for copays and deductibles under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if the Trump administration decides to stop paying the money.
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
In a twist, the appeals court panel seemed to take such statements into account in granting 17 states and the District of Columbia the ability to intervene on behalf of consumers.The judges' decision said states' doubts that the administration could adequately defend their interests in court were fanned by "accumulating public statements by high-level officials both about a potential change in position.""He's really a terrible client, President Trump is," University of Michigan law professor Nicholas Bagley said. "The states point to his public statements and say, 'Are you kidding me? We know the president is poised to throw us under the bus and we know because he said so.'"The health law requires insurers to help low-income consumers with their copays and deductibles. Nearly 3 in 5 HealthCare.gov customers qualify for the assistance, which can reduce a deductible of $3,500 to several hundred dollars. The annual cost to the government is about $7 billion.The law also specifies that the government shall reimburse insurers for the cost-sharing assistance that they provide.
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