Sunday, December 25, 2016

Trump can end ACA subsidies that help the poor on day one, but he'd be biting the voters that put him in office


The Washington Post points out this Christmas morning that Donald Trump can quickly cancel ACA subsidies that do help millions of Americans, including his own rural constituency, as explained in a story by Amy Goldstein here.
 
The somewhat Scrooge-spirited GOP had a court strike own the subsidies as illegal because Congress had not provided a specific appropriation (as required for all spending) from the House.  The Obama administration appealed, and the DC federal circuit put the suspension on hold until the next term. Trump could order dropping the appeal.



In time this could lead to even higher premiums and copays from people who cannot afford it, most of them the people who put Trump in office.  Will Trump make them “great” again?

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