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Trump Threatens to Sabotage Health Care of Lower-Income Americans and Congress

31 July 2017

"If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!" he tweeted.

President Trump and congressional Republicans suffered a dramatic failure early Friday in their bid to advance a scaled-back plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, raising the prospect of emergency bipartisan talks to shore up the existing health-care system.

The first part of Trump's tweet appeared to be referring to the approximately $8 billion in cost-sharing reduction subsidies the federal government pays to insurers to lower the price of health coverage for low-income Americans.

Fox News' chief national correspondent Ed Henry joined the "Fox & Friends Weekend" crew to discuss President Donald Trump's insistence that he will put an end to health care coverage "bailouts" for Congress. In April, he threatened to end the payments if Democrats refused to negotiate over the healthcare bill.

He and other experts agree that it's time to lawmakers to take a step back and really consider how best to make health care less expensive and fix the parts of Obamacare that aren't working. "The president ought to stop playing politics with people's lives and health care, start leading and finally begin acting presidential".

The Senate has failed to pass repeal legislation, and there's fear and outrage among the Republican base.

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"Unless the Republican Senators are total quitters, Repeal and Replace is not dead!"

But Trump's tweet Saturday was a reminder of just how remote the prospect of bipartisan cooperation remains given the president's antagonism toward Democrats. They have repeatedly mused over cutting off the federal payments in order to intentionally sabotage the Obamacare insurance marketplace; the move immediately led to rate hikes on consumers from nervous insurers and plans to exit those markets outright rather than risk being stiffed.

That kind of uncertainty rattles insurers, many of whom have already stopped selling policies through public insurance markets established by the health law because they were losing money.

In response, Trump on Friday again suggested his administration would let the Obamacare program "implode".

"We know because analysts have said this that the increases in premiums can be decreased by two-thirds if Trump simply enforces the law that's on the books, and makes the subsidy payments to people who have low-income payment", said Slavitt.

Trump Threatens to Sabotage Health Care of Lower-Income Americans and Congress