It seems President Trump is really dialing up the pressure for lawmakers to pass a healthcare plan, or else suffer the consequences of cancelled Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) subsidies and loss of healthcare benefits.
“If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!” President Trump announced via tweet.
If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017
For context, the first part of the tweet is referring to some $8 billion in cost-sharing reduction subsidies paid by the federal government to insurers to lower the price of health coverage for low-income individuals. The second part is a clear threat to end the employer contribution for members of Congress and their staffs who were moved from the normal federal employee healthcare benefits program onto the Obamacare insurance exchanges as part of the 2010 healthcare law.
This bold move from the President comes less than a week after the GOP reneged on its seven-year campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. It also follows some of the recent urges made by conservative groups (i.e. – Heritage Action), suggesting it’s time to send a message to Congress.
“Senators should finally subject themselves to the same burdens imposed upon their constituents,” Heritage Action president Michael Needham wrote in the Independent Journal Review.
What do you think? Are you in favor of this move? Or will it poison the President’s relationship with Congress?