by Angela Fortuna
The Trump administration’s plan to halt key payments that lower health insurance deductibles and co-pays for families with modest incomes could affect millions of people across the country, according to CBS News.
Nearly 20 states have filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump so far in accusation of Trump violating former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law as well as violations against a law that governs the way presidential administrations can establish new regulations, according to the Hartford Courant.
More than 40,000 people in Connecticut that already qualify for cost-sharing reduction payments will continue to receive them, but the move of the Trump administration is anticipated to further destabilize insurance markets with the brunt of any premium increases borne by higher-income Obamacare customers, which could lead people to choose to stop buying health insurance, according to the Hartford Courant.
“Insurers who sell Affordable Care Act plans — including Anthem and ConnectiCare in Connecticut — faced months of uncertainty over whether the Trump administration would continue the cost-sharing reduction payments, which offset the expense to insurers to sell silver-level plans with reduced deductibles and copays to low-income customers,” according to the Hartford Courant.
In response to the Trump administration’s decision, Trump tweeted “Very proud of my Executive Order which will allow greatly expanded access and far lower costs for HealthCare. Millions of people benefit!” on Oct. 14.
The tweet received a majority of negative comments regarding the executive order.
Twitter user Bishop Talbert Swan responded to Trump’s tweet saying “You’re proud of an order that will throw the insurance markets into chaos, take healthcare away from millions, and literally kill people?”
Another Twitter user, @DC_Resister_Bee, informed that Trump’s actions “will destabilize insurance markets and jeopardize access for people with cancer.”
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy tweeted about the executive order, saying “this latest move to cut off cost-reduction subsidy payments is vindictive and deliberately designed to sabotage healthcare insurance markets.”
Trump has not tweeted about the nearly 20 states’ decision to file a lawsuit against him as of Monday night.
The Associated Press reported that nearly 70 percent of people hurt by proposed cuts to healthcare subsidies by the Trump administration live in states he won in the 2016 election.
Because of Trump’s disloyalty to his original supporters, the chance of getting reelected could be slim to none. By Trump disrespecting those who have respected him from the beginning, he could be losing a large support group if he decides to run for reelection in 2020.
With the Trump administration’s executive order to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, many individual states believe the decision is chaotic and illegal.
It should be common knowledge that a proposed executive order as such would violate a law that governs the way presidential administrations can establish new governance.
“Trump’s decision to stop ACA payments is nuclear grade bananas – a temper tantrum that sets the entire health system on fire. My god,” tweeted United States Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut.
Individual states have made the decision to act on the unreliability of the proposed executive order by filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration.
Trump’s unprofessional behavior and lack of knowledge on the topic makes for an interesting sequence of events on the aftermath of the plan, and how each state in particular will react to the executive order.