The so-called cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments that Obama unconstitutionally ordered without legislative approval have cost taxpayers $6 billion this year and were slated to cost another $10 billion in 2018. President Trump revoked those payments last week, but now one Senate republican and one democrat have developed a plan to shore up the failing Obamacare beast, in order to keep the controversial law going strong.
Basically the plan would undo everything the president has done so far to stop the obscene government waste established by Obamacare.
Despite the fact that republicans in the senate ran campaigns that promised constituents that the Affordable Care Act would be repealed, for the last eight months, these traitorous lawmakers have done everything in their power to protect, shield and support the government healthcare plan instituted by democrats seven years ago.
Lamar Alexander, the co-author of the latest outrage, lied to voters and was one of the five senators who prevented the Obamacare repeal from happening. After the President drafted an order to remove the subsidies, these senators are working to replace them. Although originally, President Trump expressed mediocre support for the proposed legislation, he has already backtracked a bit from the original statement.
Yesterday in the Rose Garden, Trump called the measure a “very good solution,” but last night while meeting with the Heritage Foundation, the president said that congress should find a solution that doesn’t involve “providing bailout to insurance companies.”
Because, that’s exactly what the measure would do.
As soon as President Trump revoked the CSR subsidies, democrats and the media began screeching about how much the premiums for all people would increase. And while that is true to a certain extent, in reality, the increase would be minimal compared to the one that is already planned. It almost seems as if the new “bi-partisan” approach to saving Obamacare is a ploy to distract from the fact that premiums were already going to skyrocket.
Essentially, the subsidies help ensure that insurance companies can offer reduced cost deductibles and co-payments to low income families. Obamacare requires these private businesses to charge only a certain amount. Obama gave paybacks to insurers for following the law and to make it more palatable to the companies. However, a lawsuit proved troublesome for the former delusional dictator and the payments were ruled unconstitutional.
“Congress authorized reduced cost-sharing but did not appropriate monies for it,” U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer wrote. “Congress is the only source for such an appropriation, and no public money can be spent without one.”
Jeff Sessions explained, “The appropriation must come from Congress,” he said. “The president cannot do it.”
Yet, even before the president stopped the subsidies, insurance companies were asked by state insurance officials to file two sets of proposed 2018 rates. The president had long said that he would allow the unworkable, ineffective, wasteful law to “implode,” so liberals wanted to be armed with information .
The shocking thing is, when insurance companies sent in their approved 2018 rates, the estimate that included subsidies will see an increase of 27 percent from 2017. That’s right. Even if the president hadn’t done anything, everyone’s health insurance costs would increase by 27 percent. The change in subsidies has only added a mere 6 percent to the cost of premiums.
So now, Senators Alexander and Patty Murray have come up with a plan that will keep the sinking Obamacare afloat for another two years, but insurance premiums will still increase 27 percent.
The move is receiving support from prominent liberals like Bernie Sanders. He praised Alexander’s efforts and said, “We are going to overturn what Trump is trying to do.”
“This agreement avoids chaos,” Alexander said. “I don’t know a Republican or Democrat who benefits from chaos.”
Wrong. This “agreement” forces an unnatural, illogical and oppressive burden on American taxpayers and should have never been passed. Men and women like Alexander are liars. They said they’d do one thing, but are now working diligently on the opposite.
Fortunately for voters, White House legislative director Marc Short told reporters that the measure is “a starting point.” However, the main trade-off for restoring the cost-sharing payments “is eliminating the individual mandate and employer mandate.”
Democrats and RINOs won’t do that. Making people buy something they don’t use is the cornerstone of socialized medicine, so removing those provisions is a major stumbling block to getting the shore up passed.
Moreover, there are plenty of real representatives in Congress who aren’t going to abide by such a duplicitous act, because they want to keep their cushy lifestyle.
Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee in the House, tweeted: “The GOP should focus on repealing & replacing Obamacare, not trying to save it. This bailout is unacceptable.”
Right now, Alexander and Murray will try to garner enough support to bring the measure to the floor in connection with disaster relief measures. That way, of course, people will be compelled to vote for it.
The measure would restore $106 million allotted to help people sign up for Obamacare, despite the outrageous corruption that program has been guilty of, and that the president revoked earlier this month. And it will ensure that another $10 billion gets given to insurance companies next year. Something that the president also revoked. So, Bernie is right, it will undo everything Trump has done.