There is a big difference between “watching Obamacare explode” and actually lighting the fuse to the dynamite. When Congress failed to pass a “repeal and replace plan,” Trump invoked the former. Last week, he took a match to the latter.
Trump, by executive order, ended the subsidies that helps low-income folks pay for their health insurance policies. Without them, millions of people will be in danger of losing their insurance. To make matters worse, Trump engaged in rhetorical trickery, framing his sabotage of Obamacare as a move “to stop propping up the insurance industry” or “stop the giveaway to the insurance companies.”
Ironically, many of the people who will be hurt by Trump’s move are in his so-called “base”—white, middle- to lower-income families struggling to make ends meet. They may very well need to drop their coverage because they can’t afford the premiums without the subsidies known as Cost Sharing Reductions (CSR).
But they aren’t the only ones. States that rely on CSR for their Medicaid expansion under Obamacare will lose out. That includes Massachusetts, Connecticut and Ohio.
US Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) appeared on FOX News Sunday. He talked about the perils of pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and then painted Trump’s moves to end CSR in some colorful terms.
Also on FOX News Sunday was US Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana). I thought Cassidy couldn’t sink any lower when he misled anyone who would listen about the Graham-Cassidy repeal and replace bill that failed. He out did himself with take on ending the CRS.
“The president is not gutting the Affordable Care Act,” Cassidy. That’s a lie. The people he talks about whose insurance premiums are high? By definition, they are going higher without the subsidies. Cassidy, betrayed by his own words, then engaged in double speak that James Rosen–the fill-in guest for Chris Wallace–either didn’t understand what Cassidy was spewing or he wasn’t interested in holding his fee to the fire that Wallace, no doubt, would have.
Cassidy lied to Jimmy Kimmel before and he lied to the American public Sunday. Pathetic.