Trump opposes including Obamacare subsidies in spending bill: Mulvaney

  • Trump opposes including Obamacare subsidies in spending bill: Mulvaney

Trump opposes including Obamacare subsidies in spending bill: Mulvaney

Trump has said Democrats will take the heat if Obamacare collapses, but blaming the opposition for the consequences of such public threats from the president himself might prove challenging. That deadline has slipped on account of the delay caused by the GOP's failed health care bill. This is leading to questionable decisions on their part that could prove destructive to the country - and could backfire and make the 100-day mark coverage even more brutal for them.

That would be a victory for Democrats, who have sought to protect the payments.

The White House hopes this brings the issue into focus for enough of the most conservative and centrist Republican members who opposed last month's American Health Care Act. Donnelly says he's not going to prejudge how he'll vote on a spending bill, whether it funds the wall or not. "If you make it about actually building a 2,200-mile wall, that's a bridge too far - but I'm mixing my metaphors".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, welcomed the president's change of heart on the wall funding. "We thought we had a deal as of yesterday".

This could be a presidential bluff or ... an opportunity.

First, in an April 12 interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump threatened to withhold the cost-sharing reductions to force Democrats back to the table to negotiate a deal to replace Obamacare. We think there is room in this scrum for movement toward that goal.

"The big chunk of money for the wall, really, is...next fiscal year's appropriations because they literally can't start construction even this quickly", he said.

A lawsuit by House Republicans has successfully challenged the legality of the cost-sharing subsidies, which were established to reduce out-of-pocket costs for PPACA marketplace enrollees with lower incomes. The 16-day government shutdown provoked by Republicans in October 2013 might not have hurt them in the 2014 midterm elections, but another shutdown could be harmful for their 2018 prospects.

Trump's sudden push for the wall money sent talks into a tailspin and Democrats into high dudgeon. He and his fellow Republicans will wear the jacket. But that vote wouldn't repeal Obamacare. But Trump may be able to entice Dems who know Obamacare risks collapse; there's only one insurance carrier in almost a third of USA counties and more insurers are jumping ship.

The problem is that other insurance is likely to be much more expensive if Trump's moves end the subsidies that support it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellCongress nears deal on help for miners Shutdown fears spur horse-trading GOP, Trump administration huddle on tax reform MORE (R-Ky.) voiced support for the mining provision on Tuesday.

The poll showed only 85 per cent of those who voted for former presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton would do so again, with most of those who would not saying they would either go with a third-party candidate or not vote at all, CNN reported. Under the proposal, states could keep Obamacare if they choose.

It's estimated that ending the payments would prompt insurers to jack up premiums by 19 percent to recoup the lost revenue or exit the individual market altogether. States could decide if they will maintain the current system of insurance exchanges.