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Politics Trump considers sabotaging Obamacare to force Dems to negotiate

01:00  20 may  2017
01:00  20 may  2017 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Trump has told advisers that he wants to end paying key Obamacare subsidies, a move that would likely send the law's individual insurance markets into a tailspin. - Evan Vucci/AP© Provided by New York Daily News Trump has told advisers that he wants to end paying key Obamacare subsidies, a move that would likely send the law's individual insurance markets into a tailspin. - Evan Vucci/AP

WASHINGTON — President Trump is seriously considering whether to intentionally sabotage Obamacare in an attempt to force Democrats to the negotiating table, according to Politico.

Trump has told advisers that he wants to end paying key Obamacare subsidies, a move that would likely send the law's individual insurance markets into a tailspin. On Tuesday, he said in an Oval Office meeting that he wants to end the estimated $7 billion in annual payments to insurers to help them reduce deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs for poorer consumers, approximately 7 million people.

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The President told the Wall Street Journal he may try and force Democrats to the negotiating table by threatening to withhold government payments to insurers.April 14, 2017.

"President Donald Trump has made it explicit: He is taking Obamacare hostage to try to force Democrats to work with him on health care reform. The president has a real basis for the threat. A lawsuit working its way through the courts right now threatens crucial subsidies that help lower costs

That move could trigger an implosion of the Obamacare insurance markets. Insurers are dependent on that money to make it worth staying in the state-level markets, and without it many would pull out and leave millions without access to healthcare.

Trump has publicly gone back and forth on whether he would pay that money, and reportedly is leaning towards stopping the payments to force the healthcare market into chaos intentionally and try to make Democrats negotiate with him on an Obamacare repeal. Numerous Trump advisers are advising him against it, including Health & Human Services Sec. Tom Price, because it would create chaos for people seeking insurance and could backfire politically.

The administration will have to decide quickly what it'll do, as it needs to tell an appeals court hearing a case related to the matter how it wants to resolve a lawsuit House Republicans brought in the Obama era claiming that the administration was illegally making the payments without congressional approval.

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