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Another round of premium hikes: blame Trump or Obama?

20 May 2017, 08:33 | Terri Saunders

Another round of premium hikes: blame Trump or Obama?

Image Democratic Senators Speak Out Against Trump's Health Care Plan

Unfortunately for the acolytes of ObamaCare, their grandiose goal of "affordable" health care for all becomes a tad problematic when people can't find individual insurance coverage - or find it preferable to pay the penalty for not having insurance.

The states have filed a motion to intervene in a court case that could decide whether critical payments, called cost-sharing-reduction payments, are made to insurers in the ACA's individual insurance exchanges.

The payments have been made while the lawsuit is pending, but the Trump administration has wavered on whether it will continue to make them in the future, worrying insurers as they prepare to set their premium rates for 2018. They have cited moves by major insurance providers like Humana and United Health to stop selling Obamacare plans as proof of this. They also said that if the appeals court agrees with the previous ruling that the Obama administration unconstitutionally paid the subsidies, states and their residents would be harmed and there would be significantly higher costs for health care.

Democratic attorneys general have emerged as significant opponents to the Trump administration.

"If the federal government's full CSR funding commitments are in jeopardy, we believe that the viability of the exchange market is in immediate jeopardy of failing", a letter from Molina's Peter Adler stated.

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Tow of the AGs, Frosh and Kentucky's Andy Beshear, are Democratic attorneys general in states with Republican governors. The Obama administration had been defending the subsidies, and had appealed a district judge's ruling from last May against the subsidies, which were allowed to continue during the appeal.

"Because of an intervening presidential election, the current parties appear ready to agree to allow the injunction to stand, without giving this Court the opportunity to determine whether the district court had either jurisdiction to enter it or a legal basis to enjoin the permanent appropriation that Congress meant to provide", the motion reads. In February, the same court rejected a similar motion filed by Democratic attorneys general seeking to help defend the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a legal battle that could defang the agency.

As Democrats demonize any GOP attempt to repeal and replace ObamaCare, the disaster of their own design continues to implode. Let's look back a few years to Ex-President Obama's takeover of the health insurance and health care industries via the Affordable Care Act.

The Trump administration and Republican politicians argue that the problems stem from the original Obamacare law.

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