President Donald Trump will oppose any congressional attempts to reinstate funding for Obamacare subsidies — unless he gets something in return, his budget director Mick Mulvaney said in an interview Friday morning.
The comments by the Office of Management and Budget chief delivered a severe blow to efforts by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to strike a bipartisan deal on funding the subsidies. Trump canceled those payments to insurance companies on Thursday night, raising hopes among some Democrats and centrist Republicans that the Trump administration could accept a bill that would revive the subsides while offering states more flexibility to opt out of Obamacare.
But Mulvaney panned those efforts, calling the so-called cost-sharing reduction payments “corporate welfare and bailouts for the insurance companies.”
“Instead of saying what we might support, I’d say I’m pretty sure what we won’t support, which is just a clean Murray-Alexander bill,” Mulvaney said, sitting in his spacious office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Friday morning

They’ll accept nothing less than total repeal of the ACA, or short of that, making things as difficult as possible for as many people as possible.

President Trump’s decision late Thursday to cut off crucial health-care subsidies has once again torn open the long-festering debate over the Affordable Care Act, increasing the potential for a government shutdown in December and ensuring that the issue will be central in next year’s midterm elections.
The move to end insurer subsidies for low-income patients could spike premiums by as much as 20 percent for those who purchase insurance on the individual market. While Trump and Republican allies argued that former president Barack Obama’s signature health-care reform law is fundamentally flawed, Democrats called the move an act of sabotage against the ACA and pledged to fight it.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters Friday that any consequences from the decision could not be blamed on Democrats.
“Republicans in the House and Senate now own the health-care system in this country from top to bottom, and their destructive actions, and the actions of the president, are going to fall on their backs,” he said. “The American people will know exactly where to place the blame when their premiums shoot up and when millions lose coverage.”

Incredibly, Trump actually thinks that people are going to blame this on Barack Obama.


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