New York, California threaten to sue over health-care subsidies

Lester Mason
October 14, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers-not to mention millions of Americans-rely on these subsidies, and now, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is suing the Trump administration in an effort to block the White House from spiking them.

Chris Wallace, president of the Texas Association of Business, said his group was still studying the president's order.

"What Trump has consistently been trying to do is sabotage the Affordable Care Act in every way that he can".

Still, he said, "something needs to be done to ensure costs for employers to provide quality health care coverage for their employees is stabilized".

Trump has repeatedly threatened to cut off the disbursements to insurers, known as cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments, which are worth an estimated $7 billion this year.

In Pennsylvania, Independence Blue Cross is the only insurance company participating in the Affordable Care Act.

"If the President's attempt to destabilize the health care market succeeds, it will have a devastating impact on Pennsylvania families, our economy and the health care market in our Commonwealth".

Schneiderman said he expected other states to join in the suits.

But there are three elements to the executive order.

"This is just the latest action that targets NY following Congress's failure to renew the Child Health Insurance Plan and the Health Centers Program, putting our children and the most vulnerable among us at risk to lose access to health care".

About 68,000 people in Travis County and about 24,000 people in Williamson County got health insurance through the marketplace for 2017.

The lawsuit has the backing of the state's health-care industry and large health-worker union 1199/SEIU, the attorney general said.

"Sadly, instead of working to lower health costs for Americans, it seems President Trump will singlehandedly hike Americans' health premiums", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement.

Lance said he has long argued that funding for the program is unconstitutional.

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