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October 25th, 2017
A Federal judge spanked Marxist Democrats from 18 states when he refused to block President Trump’s executive order that in part, ended subsidy payments to insurers under Obamacare.
Saying the government does not have to make the payments while litigation over the subsidies unfolds, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco sided with the Trump administration reports Reuters.
Chhabria, appointed by Democratic former President Barack Obama, wrote that while the case could be decided either way, “it appears initially that the Trump administration has the stronger legal argument.”
Trump terminated the payments to the insurers, which forced taxpayers to foot the bill for welfare recipients,and was part of several moves to dismantle Obama’s failed health care initiative formally known as the Affordable Care Act.
The canceled subsidies would have been $7 billion this year and would have ballooned to $10 billion for 2018, according to congressional analysts.
Democratic attorneys general from 18 states and the District of Columbia demanded an immediate order halting Trump’s move while the case is being litigated. They argued that terminating the payments harmed customers by raising insurance rates.
The judge did not see things their way.
Democrats have accused President Trump of sabotaging Obamacare, but it was clearly failing on its own. Trump argued correctly, that the subsidies only made Democrat-preferred insurance companies rich.
Insurers claim they make no profits from the subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, but pass them on directly to consumers to reduce deductibles, co-payments and other out-of-pocket medical expenses for low-income people.
That dubious claim has come under fire since Obamacare’s inception.
Earlier on Wednesday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that a bipartisan Senate proposal to shore up Obamacare insurance marketplaces by reviving the subsidies would cut the U.S. deficit by $3.8 billion over the next decade.
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