Democrats are accusing the Trump Administration of “sabotaging” Obama Care by discontinuing illegal subsidies to insurers, but last week even an Obama-appointed judge in California said otherwise. The ruling deserves more public attention.
Federal Judge Vince Chhabria rejected and ridiculed a petition by 18 states to enjoin the White House from stopping cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs) that subsidize lower copays and deductibles for consumers on the exchanges who earn less than 250% of the poverty line. “It appears initially that the Trump Administration has the stronger legal argument,” the judge noted, adding that “the emergency relief sought by the states would be counterproductive.”
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