Cutting off these payments would do significant damage to the health insurance market. Read my full story here. The judges said that a group of states could defend the legality of government "cost-sharing" subsidies for copays and deductibles under the Affordable Care Act if the Trump administration decides to stop paying the money.
That ambiguity continues today.
The trouble is, ending the subsidies wouldn't "hurt the insurance companies" as Trump suggests. If they won't do that, then we need a new Legislature and governor. This week, though, they got some new allies.
Trump's reaction should not have been unexpected.
The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is the latest step in a case that began when Republicans in the House, during the Obama administration, argued Congress hadn't legally appropriated the money for these subsidies.
At issue in this constitutional controversy is the fate of the so-called "cost-sharing reduction" (or CSR) payments.
GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander, chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee, said Tuesday that the committee would consider a bipartisan bill that would seek to stabilize the markets, including guaranteeing CSR payments for at least the next year.
The president threatened members of Congress Saturday, promising lawmakers that if they fail to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare he would quickly put an end to federal funding for Obamacare subsidies.
He called on the White House to continue the status quo for the next two months and on the Senate to authorize them for another year after that.
But Georgia should follow the lead of other states, says state Rep. Jay Powell, R-Camilla, co-chairman of the House Rural Development Council, as Georgia Health News reported. And with good reason.
Insurers are looking at increasing premiums by 30 percent or more next year as they try to sort out what the Trump administration and Congress will do with ObamaCare, according to a report.
The attorneys general cited in their May court filing Trump's own words vowing to let Obamacare "explode" as part of the reasoning for their intervention.
Administration officials say the decision could come any day. Not so for middle-class families who don't receive subsidies; cutting CSR payments will just raise their premiums. He thus gave Congress a way to keep having taxpayers pay for the lion's share of its insurance. Bloomberg's Hannah Recht broke the news Wednesday afternoon that Molina, which has generally been bullish on Obamacare, has pulled out of the 30 Wisconsin counties where it now sells coverage for 2018.
Amid all the uncertainty, insurers are running out of time to plan for next year.
In fact, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas admitted that the path to health reform going forward will require a bipartisan bill on Tuesday, and HELP committee chair Alexander announced committee hearings to discuss problems facing Obamacare's individual insurance marketplaces at the beginning of September.
"Obamacare is dead. Republicans will do much better", Trump's been saying for months.
On Tuesday, an appeals court ruled that 16 attorneys general - including Maura Healey of MA - could intervene in a lawsuit involving the subsidies. "The ruling could make it more hard for the White House to carry out recent threats by President Trump to cut off the payments, giving legal standing to a new set of the payments' defenders".
The case, which dates back to administration of President Barack Obama, was filed by the Republican-led House of Representatives against the federal government in an effort to block the subsidy payments to insurers for the individual plans created by the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.