"If a new Health Care Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon", the president tweeted Monday in a bid to tighten the screws on the Republican Congress. He has threatened to end government payments to health insurers if Congress does not pass a healthcare bill and to urge it to get on with the campaign to replace ObamaCare.
Meanwhile, some Republicans were still exploring ways to find 50 votes - only from Republicans - for a GOP health care bill. Not receiving CSRs in 2018 could have a serious impact on what those look like.
Mr. Trump is allowing Treasury to make the payments from month to month, but hasn't committed to them long-term. Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the health committee, said Tuesday the president should pay the subsidies through September while lawmakers work on bipartisan legislation to fund the outlays for another year. About 18 million Americans who get their insurance in the individual market stand to be affected, he said.
So what happens if Trump decides to end these payments?
"They need to get in step with their own party more than get in step with Donald Trump", Huckabee said, "and when I say that, [I mean] get in step with the American people who are sick and exhausted of Washington as usual and want there to be some change, or I think some of them will be changed out in the next election".
Trump's probably referring to the cost-sharing subsidies under Obamacare. However, those who say they strongly approve dropped to 35% this week, down 13 points in a single week.
The party passed the plan without a Republican vote in the House or the Senate, and seven years later it's clear that the law largely cost Democrats control of both chambers of Congress. "So the president's attitude is fairly simple".
Last week, we witnessed once again that partisan politics is no match for the activism of the American people. Most were kicked out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which other government workers use.
Senior Democrats say Mr. Trump is taking a mean-spirited position. In 18 states, there are two or fewer insurers offering policies on health care exchanges, preventing competition that might reduce costs. Ron Wyden (D-OR) to discuss potential solutions.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a staunch conservative, said while there are some differences, he thinks it will be easier for members to come to a consensus on tax reform than it was for health care. Some insurers are already reacting to the uncertainty regarding cost-sharing payments by proposing increased premiums for 2018 or withdrawing from the market in certain areas or altogether.
Repeal-and-replace has been a guiding star for Republicans ever since President Barack Obama enacted the law in 2010. They want Americans to have good paychecks.