Trump threatens to end healthcare payments if Obamacare is not repealed

GOP rep: Trump halting ObamaCare payments would 'hurt a lot of people'

GOP Rep Urges Trump to End Lawmakers' Healthcare Subsidies

"If Obamacare is hurting people, and it is, then why shouldn't hurt insurance companies and, more importantly perhaps for this discussion, members of Congress", Mulvaney said.

US President Donald Trump has threatened to end government payments to health insurers if Congress does not pass a new healthcare bill and goaded them to not abandon their seven-year quest to replace the Obamacare law.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway announced that president Trump would decide this week whether to cut the payments or not.

On Saturday, the president tweeted that if a new bill is not passed, "BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!"

In the District of Columbia insurance exchange, members of Congress earn too much ($174,000/2016) to qualify for any ACA subsidies toward their premiums.

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The little-known Small Business Health Options Program is a health insurance market for small employers seeking to provide affordable health insurance to their employees.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., has similarly proposed stripping federal contributions to lawmakers in an amendment to the pending health care reconciliation measure, but because it involves laws affecting Washington, D.C., it could require 60 votes, rather than the current majority of 51 votes, to pass.

Under the Obama administration, the Office of Personnel Management chose to grant what is often described as an exemption under the Affordable Care Act allowing lawmakers and their staff to keep getting a government subsidy for health care. On Congress members, he asked, "why should Congress not be paying what public pays?" But in order to use the marketplace, an employer can not have more than 50 full-time employees. What's more, lawmakers and staffers who chose this path were entitled to a premium subsidy of 72 percent from their "business" - which in this case was the federal government. The net annual cost to taxpayers would be around $4,622,400.

However, the current acting director, Kathleen McGettigan, is a holdover from the Obama administration.

"Unless the Republican Senators are total quitters, Repeal & Replace is not dead!"

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