Trump claims 'Obamacare is dead' despite failure to repeal legislation

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Trump, who as a candidate previous year promised to roll back the law formally called the Affordable Care Act, received applause for his latest action during an appearance on Friday before a group of conservative voters.

But Trump's former strategist Steve Bannon on Saturday said the White House ended CSR payments to "blow up" Obamacare.

Medical organizations as well as the U.S.

Trump, who promised supporters he would repeal the ACA and replace it with "something much better for everybody", last week announced he would end "cost-sharing reduction" (CSR) payments to insurance companies that help subsidize the cost of insurance for millions of lower-income Americans. "They're making a fortune by getting that kind of money".

Democrats have accused Trump of sabotaging the ACA - in the words of the CT senator Chris Murphy on Sunday, "literally setting the entire healthcare system on fire just because [he] is upset that the United States Congress won't pass a repeal bill".

Democratic attorneys general from the 18 states as well as Washington, D.C., filed a lawsuit in federal court in California later on Friday. NY stands to lose more than $870 million in subsidies.

Attorneys general in several states, including California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts and NY, said they planned to sue the Trump administration to keep the money flowing.

Schumer told reporters that Trump's "threats and bullying are not going to work".

LGBT and HIV/AIDS groups are criticizing President Trump's executive order on health care, asserting the measure endangers people with pre-existing conditions who could be left out in the cold.

"I hope that we can get a deal between Senator Alexander and Patty Murray that would allow us to continue the payments, but get reform", Graham said on CBS' "Face the Nation", referencing the chairman and ranking Democrat on the health committee.

Pelosi said the blame for a shutdown would rest with Trump and Republicans in control of Congress. Susan Collins, Maine, one of three Republican senators to vote against the July ACA repeal effort. Shares in Acadia Healthcare declined by more than 3 percent and in Tenet Healthcare dropped by just over 5 percent. "Health care is a human right and now more than ever we must keep fighting to protect our care and demand the inclusive and affordable healthcare that the LGBTQ community, and all Americans, deserve to live and thrive". Because, I think, the Democrats will be blamed for the mess. "They have the majority in the House and the Senate and the president's signature".

Since taking office in January, Trump threatened many times to cut the subsidies. He said in exchange, Republicans want "meaningful flexibility for states" to offer lower-cost insurance policies with less coverage than Obama's law mandates.

The White House announced the cut-off just hours after Trump signed an order meant to allow insurers to sell lower-cost, bare-bones policies with limited benefits and consumer protections.

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