The New York Times slammed Donald Trump saying he is threatening to deliberately destroy the Affordable Care Act.
"After Republican leaders in Congress failed to destroy the Affordable Care Act last month, President Trump tweeted that the law would 'explode,'" the Times noted in an editorial.
"Now he seems determined to deliver on that prediction through presidential sabotage.
"Mr. Trump is threatening to kill a program in the ACA that pays health insurers to offer plans with lower deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses to about seven million lower-income and middle-class people. The president thinks that this will get Democrats to negotiate changes to the 2010 health law."
The Times called it "cruel and incredibly shortsighted."
"Without these subsidies, healthcare would be unaffordable for many Americans, including people who voted for Mr. Trump because they were frustrated by high medical costs," it pointed out.
But the newspaper said it was not surprised Trump would try to use the subsidies as a negotiating tool in dealing with Obamacare.
"Governing, to him, is a matter of quick-hit deals, and he shows no concern about gambling with the health of millions of people," the Times said.
And there is concern the government will no longer enforce the provision requiring people to buy coverage or pay a penalty, according to the editorial.
"That would encourage healthy people to forgo insurance, leaving companies to cover a smaller, sicker population," the paper said.
"This isn't Mr. Trump's promised 'insurance for everybody.' It sounds more like a two-bit Hollywood villain promising carnage if he doesn't get his way."
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