Donald to Sick Middle-Class and Working People: Drop Dead

Patients receiving free health care at volunteer clinic
Patients receiving free health care at volunteer clinic

In front of a bank of cameras and surrounded by right-wing politicians, Donald Trump signed an executive order yesterday that will effectively rescind access to healthcare for millions of middle- and working-class Americans.

Soon afterward, Democratic leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi released a statement: “It is a spiteful act of vast, pointless sabotage leveled at working families and the middle class in every corner of America. Make no mistake about it, Trump will try to blame the Affordable Care Act, but this will fall on his back and he will pay the price for it.”

The move came within hours after Donald tweeted similar sentiments about Americans in Puerto Rico.

Axios details the impact of Donald’s demolition of the American healthcare system:

  • Insurers have already locked in their premiums for next year. Many them will try to find some way to go back and tack on a premium major increase or, if they can’t do that, to pull out of some markets entirely.
  • This will create even more pressure on Congress to guarantee funding for the subsidies, as part of a newly urgent bipartisan ACA fix. Having a fresh health care crisis on the front burner can’t be good for tax reform, and getting an agreement on the ACA won’t be easy.
  • If Congress doesn’t act quickly, there’s a decent chance insurers will sue the administration. They’re still legally obligated to reduce their customers’ out-of-pocket spending, and the law says they’re supposed to be compensated for that.
  • The Democratic attorneys general of California and New York are already threatening to sue, too.

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