Premiums Not In Bill

PUBLISHED: 4:35 PM 20 Mar 2018

Lower Obamacare Premiums Not Included In Funding Bill

The GOP says the debate over abortion funding is holding back progress.

GOP doesn't include lower Obamacare premiums in the new funding bill.

President Trump promised voters that he would end ObamaCare while he was on the campaign trail and it looks like he is finally making good with that promise.

Late Monday, it was announced that lawmakers did not include lower ObamaCare premiums in the new funding bill, which is a huge win for the those who oppose the Affordable Care Act.

According to GOP lawmakers, funding is not being included due to disagreements with democrats over the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for abortions. Therefore, in an effort to move on, ObamaCare payments have been flushed as well as any “fix” for the broken system.

However, lawmakers in the Senate have speculated that they may hold a vote before the final bill is passed on whether to included ObamaCare payments, but it is highly doubtful at this point, according to sources.

But not every republican lawmaker is pleased with the decision to ditch the provisions.

In fact, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) was promised by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that the provisions for ObamaCare would be included since she supported the tax bill last year.

The Hill reports that both Collins and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) fought for the ObamaCare payments to be included, but they were unsuccessful in their efforts.

GOP lawmakers are insisting that lawmakers include Hyde language in the bill; however, the democrats argue that with the Hyde language comes restrictions and would, in turn, extend the Hyde Amendment, which would prohibit any funds going to abortion clinics.

According to people who were present at the meeting, GOP lawmakers cheered when the leadership said they would not budge on insisting that Hyde language is attached to any new ObamaCare payments.

The payments that the dems are fighting for are cost-sharing reductions. These payments compensate for lower-income ObamaCare recipients, but without these payments, the system is likely to implode, just as Trump said it would.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said that he was upset that the payments were not included in the bill and told reporters that he hoped they get added on in the Senate.

“They’re not in there at this point and that’s unfortunate,” Walden said. “We’re going to see what we can do moving forward, perhaps in the Senate,” he added.

By the end of the year, ObamaCare premiums are expected to skyrocket, thus triggering a destabilized market. At which point, lawmakers are likely to play the blame game.

President Trump warned the democrats that ObamaCare was going to cost too much money and would ultimately implode.

The Trump administration also warned the democrats that the end was near for ObamaCare, but they did not listen.

Trump even signed an executive order to reduce former President Obama’s signature law’s “economic burden” with the House Freedom Caucus before he was sworn into Office.

After numerous attempts to repeal ObamaCare in the Senate, the Trump administration elected to go another route: dismantle the law through legislative and executive actions.

And they have done just that.

However, in the democrats’ eyes, this is sabotage. Why the democrats would view sparing the voters the “economic burden” of ObamaCare as a bad thing is incomprehensible.

In fact, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) blasted the GOP’s efforts to undermine the law as “sabotage.”

Casey argued, “The primary problem here is government officials, government agencies, we’re taking steps that would lead to fewer people having coverage and erecting barriers to people having coverage.”

He went on to claim, “In addition to that, you have kind of a closed-door, back-room slimy deal here that should trouble anyone.”

The executive order he was referring to is a list of 10 executive actions the Trump administration could take to undermine the ObamaCare and “improve the individual and small group markets most harmed by Obamacare.”

But what is so wrong with that? Should we not be concerned with the damage ObamaCare is doing to the individual and small group market? President Trump promised the millions of Americans who have been stuck with the unconstitutional task of paying for other peoples’ healthcare that he would dismantle the law.

Since the GOP’s efforts were unsuccessful in the legislative branch, Trump took it upon himself to use the executive branch to help make America great again. Many argue that as long as he gets it done, that is good enough for them. Whether it be through executive or legislative actions is irrelevant at this point.

Is it time to move on from ObamaCare once and for all, and get healthcare back to the way it was before Obama decided it was a right and not a luxury?