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Trump Admin. Tearing Apart Obamacare Piece-by-Piece

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By    |   Friday, 21 Jul 2017 10:04 AM

President Donald Trump has many levers at his disposal to sink Obamacare, and his administration has pulled a few already to do the job Senate Republicans failed to do, Politico reported.

Levers pulled:

Trump's administration has cut the enrollment window in half, and it's using advertising dollars originally earmarked to promote enrollment to now pump out a public relations campaign against Obamacare, The Daily Beast reported.

Trump also canceled Obamacare contracts in 18 cities that helped people to enroll.

Levers left to pull, both of which would amount to death knells:

  • Striking down the individual mandate.
  • Cutting off the subsidies that amount to $7 billion annually.

Trump's administration has paid this month's subsidy to insurance companies that help defray costs, but Trump is making no promises after that, Politico reported.

"We pay hundreds of millions of dollars a month in subsidy … and when those payments stop, it stops immediately," Trump said Wednesday during a luncheon with GOP senators.

"It doesn't take two years, three years, one year — it stops immediately."

No longer enforcing the mandate means individuals could walk away from their coverage without paying a penalty, a necessary support beam under Obamacare — healthy younger people subsidizing the elderly, sick and poor.

Anxious insurers already weighing their participation in 2018 could shut down their plans immediately if Trump cuts the subsidy. Or they could stay in and jack up their premiums.

Either outcome would further derail the program, already wobbling.

But that's been Trump's point all along — let Obamacare implode on itself, then get Republicans — and possibly some Democrats — together to hammer out a plan to replace it.

"We're not going to own it. I'm not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We'll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us," Trump said Wednesday.

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President Donald Trump has many levers at his disposal to sink Obamacare, and his administration has pulled a few already to do the job Senate Republicans failed to do, Politico reported.
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