This afternoon, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued President Trump over Trump's announcement that he would end subsidies paid to insurance companies to reduce out-of-pocket costs for poor Americans.
Becerra and other Democratic state attorneys general had intervened in that case, which is before the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, to pick up the defense of the subsidies if the Trump administration chose to withdraw.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen says Trump's action would raise health insurance prices enough that healthier people will flee the insurance markets, resulting in higher costs for those who remain. After Congress failed to deliver a replacement for Obamacare, the president on Friday tweeted that his decision to end subsidies should force Democrats to "call me to fix" health care. He later followed through, joined by 18 other states attorneys general.. But Congress has never funded the subsidies, and yesterday the White House called them "unlawful", claiming the government could not pay for them.More news: You can now control a Chromecast with Google Assistant on your phone
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I will not allow President Trump to once again use NY families as political pawns in his risky, partisan campaign to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act at any cost. Hundreds of thousands of women receive free contraceptives through employers' insurance plans as part of a requirement in the Affordable Care Act. While a Washington trial court judge agreed and barred the government from making them, she put her ruling on hold pending the Obama administration's appeal. "Our coalition of states stands ready to sue if President Trump cuts them off", Schneiderman added.
Coupled with the President's Thursday executive order seeking to relax rules regulating insurance coverage requirements, the administration's decision to cease CSR payments further undermines ACA insurance exchanges across the country. Becerra said it's not clear what, if any, further action the states may take in the US appeals court case. "Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped".
He says Trump is in clear violation of his legal responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.