President Trump's Executive Order on ACA Meets Criticism, Lawsuits
Donald Trump announced last week that he was ending Affordable Care Act subsidies to insurance companies, after Congress repeatedly failed to pass any sort of repeal of - or improvement on - Obamacare over the last nine months. Trump's decision, based on what the White House characterized as an "analysis … [that] the Government cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments," was met with swift condemnation and the promise of lawsuits from a variety of public and private concerns. New York State's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman - who called eliminating the subsidies "breathtakingly reckless … cruel, and unlawful" - is joining a number of other states hoping to protect the subsidies through a lawsuit in which they’ll argue that the subsidies must be paid as long as the ACA is still the law.
In addition, half a dozen doctors' organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians, released a joint statement denouncing Trump's decision - a decision that they say "stands to hurt the most vulnerable individuals and families, raising cost for them and the federal government."
The White House, meanwhile, evidently has no interest in working with Congress to address the ACA's perceived shortcomings through legislation, with budget director Mick Mulvaney saying that a bipartisan effort in the Senate to fund the subsidies does not have the president's support.