Trump threatens to stop insurance payments for poor as Obamacare repeal leverage

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Donald Trump is threatening to hold hostage billions of Obamacare dollars used to pay the health care bills of the poorest Americans, unless Democrats agree to his Affordable Care Act repeal proposal.

The payments are used to reduce copayments and deductibles for poor people.

So Trump is literally proposing to use the lives of poor Americans as human shields, cutting off their access to health care unless Democrats agree to cut off their access to health care.

President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act, via Wikimedia Commons

It’s classic Trump, brazen and politically tone deaf. The GOP repeal effort was already dead in the water, as a result of it simply being too extreme. Millions of Americans on Obamacare suddenly realized they liked their health insurance and its guarantees more than they had previously thought, and turned out at Republican congressional townhall meetings, hooting and hollering at their elected officials, effectively scaring the hell out of the less extreme elements in Congress.

But even that earlier proposal, which would have cut off health to care to millions and removed a core element of the pre-existing conditions protects, wasn’t as cold-hearted as Trump’s latest threat: to literally cut off poor Americans’ access to health care.

Sadly, concerns that Trump would try to undermine the Affordable Care Act to force it to fail, appear to be well-founded.

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  • Bradley Stortz

    See if we can get this guy to talk healthcare…I like his analysis cause he seems unbaised, also, I despise media ha…

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  • ComradeRutherford

    “Trump is literally proposing to use the lives of poor Americans as human shields, cutting off their access to health care unless Democrats agree to cut off their access to health care.”

    Yep, sounds like a typical Conservative move. You know that isn’t Trump’s idea.

    “The GOP repeal effort was already dead in the water, as a result of it simply being too extreme.”

    No, Trump’s AHCA failed because it was not extreme enough for the TeaBircher caucus!

  • ComradeRutherford

    Oh, how the GOP longs for cattle cars and labor camps…

  • Badgerite

    Does he really think no one would notice what he was doing like perhaps the insurance companies and their insured, and that no one would bother to call attention to the fact that the executive branch was refusing to faithfully execute the laws of the United States?

  • Sounds to me like he’s toeing the standard Republican line: “Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?”

  • Demosthenes

    This kind of hostage taking would blow up in the Trump GOP’s face. All but the most dimwitted knows the GOP and its “president” want to deprive millions of health insurance to cut taxes for the rich.

  • UncleBucky

    Threats, hostage-taking…

    What next, cattle cars???

  • Duke Woolworth

    See you in court, bro.

  • woodroad34

    A mad man with power. He doesn’t care about anyone, that’s why the bombing over the gassing of children in Syria was so disingenuous.

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