Lamar Alexander

Why did Trump make the Obamacare reimbursement payments he claims are illegal and unconstitutional?

Why did Trump make the Obamacare reimbursement payments he claims are illegal and unconstitutional?

The legal battle over billions of dollars in cost-sharing reimbursements due to insurers under the Affordable Care Act underscores the wisdom of the line from Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” that “the law is a ass.”

Boiled down to its essence, the dispute is this: The ACA requires insurers to reduce deductibles and co-pays for low-income buyers on the individual insurance market, and it requires the government to reimburse the insurers for those reductions; but because the ACA didn’t specifically provide an appropriation for the payments, congressional Republicans have maintained that they can’t be...

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