There’s an executive order from Trump’s administration that could reveal Obamacare’s mandate,
The Trump administration has prepared an executive order that would unravel Obamacare’s individual mandate, but has put it on hold to see whether repealing the penalties for going uninsured might be included in the Republican tax bill instead, a GOP senator told the Washington Examiner.
President Trump decided to delay the executive order after Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., pushed for the inclusion of the individual mandate repeal in the tax bill, and has been supportive of its inclusion in statements he has made on Twitter.
The White House announced Thursday night that it would scrap the subsidies, known as cost-sharing reduction payments, which help low-income people pay for certain out-of-pocket medical costs.
The administration had continued to make the monthly payments to insurers, which are worth an estimated $7 billion this year, but Trump has repeatedly threatened to end them.
In its decision to cut off the subsidies, the Trump administration said that the payments were unconstitutional because Congress has not appropriated money for them.
The bill would repeal the individual and employer mandates as well as shift Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion funding and insurance subsidy structure into a block grant program for states.
States would be given a lump sum of money from the federal government, and it would be up to them how to spend it.
This is obviously Congress’ job. Republicans were elected on a platform that included the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.
That Republican leadership has failed to get this done is a testimony to either their incompetence or their disloyalty to those who elected them. In either case, failure is unacceptable, and if that happens, they are without excuse.
In other words, if Ryan and McConnell cannot get this provision eliminating the Obamacare individual mandate into a tax bill that passes both houses of Congress, they should both resign and let others take over.
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