3 key dates in the battle over Obamacare's subsidies

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On Monday, Trump renewed this threat on Twitter in the aftermath of the Senate Republican failure to repeal the law last week. "We've got to do this". Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and John McCain (R-AZ) will convince at least one to change their vote.

On Nov. 8, President Trump won the election. If he can't succeed legislatively, he now threatens to sabotage Obamacare's markets through executive power.

"Without payment of these cost-sharing reductions, Americans will be hurt", Alexander said.

Julie McPeak, the president-elect of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and Tennessee's insurance commissioner, told reporters Wednesday that insurance companies would likely balk at locking in rates for 2018 if they are unsure whether they'll receive CSR payments that year. The second, the Obama Congressional exemption, coming through the Office of Personnel Management, page 6, read in part: "The revisions adopted here have no impact on the availability to Member of Congress and Congressional Staff of the contribution established in 5 USC 8906" (Alex Pappas, "Republican accuses fellow lawmakers of "lying" about Obamacare exemption", 9/19/2013).

"If ObamaCare is hurting people, & it is, why shouldn't it hurt the insurance companies & why should Congress not be paying what public pays?"

"Abortion rights are inextricably tied to the fight against economic and racial inequity, full stop, and until all leaders of our party fully understand that we're going to keep losing".

According to Covered California's most recent enrollment snapshot from March, Anthem now covers about 252,560 Obamacare customers, 61% of whom live in regions where the carrier will pull out of the market. That might be too much for Democrats to swallow. But when it comes to copays and deductibles, it puts a strict cap on how much insurance companies can make people pay.

But as Mother Jones has explained previously, if Trump cuts off the reimbursements to insurance companies it would create chaos in the insurance markets, causing prices to soar and possibly leading some companies to stop offering coverage.

CSR payments are provided to low-income Americans on the exchanges to help offset out-of-pocket costs and mitigate possible losses for insurers.

Playing defense, some insurers are preemptively raising premiums for next year. Kaiser predicts that this would result in a 19 percent spike in premiums for everyone.

Others are filing for double-digit premium increases for 2018, in many cases assuming the cost-sharing subsidies will disappear, said Sabrina Corlette, also at Georgetown University's Center on Health Insurance Reforms. If states chose to cover these people, the federal government would pay almost all the costs.

Covered California officials said Tuesday that if those payments to insurers are stopped, people who buy silver-tier plans will have to pay an extra surcharge of 12.4% of their premium on average, officials said Tuesday. If the Trump administration does drop the appeal, Obamacare's individual insurance exchanges will die a quick death.

With the issue unresolved, the Trump administration has been paying insurers each month, as the Obama administration had done previously.

The uncertainty surrounds whether the House and Senate will approve an overhauled health care plan that does away with the individual mandate that requires people to buy insurance or pay a penalty, the report said. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal.

Democrats and Republicans are trying something new: working together in Congress on health care and contradicting President Donald Trump in the process.

The DC Circuit's order allowing the state attorneys general to intervene "should be welcomed by all Americans who depend on the health care system", Schneiderman said, adding that an end to the subsidies would destabilize the entire health insurance market.