Dems ask Trump to drop lawsuit over ObamaCare insurer payments

Dems ask Trump to drop lawsuit over ObamaCare insurer payments
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Democrats on the Senate's health committee are asking the Trump administration and the House GOP to drop the lawsuit against ObamaCare's insurer payments. 

The payments, called cost-sharing reductions, reimburse insurers for giving discounted deductibles to low-income ObamaCare enrollees and have been the subject of a lawsuit filed by House Republicans, who argue the payments were being made unconstitutionally. 

Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanSenate Dems warn they will block recess appointments Ryan: It's Trump's 'prerogative' to fire Sessions It's time to take a close look at how federal policies affect states MORE (R-Wis.) said Thursday that the administration would continue to fund the payments to insurers while a House lawsuit ran its course. 

But the Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee argue the lawsuit needs to be dropped. 

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"Failing to take immediate action to oppose the lawsuit or direct House Republicans to forgo this effort will increase instability in the insurance market, as insurers may choose not to participate in the marketplace in 2018," Democratic Sens. Tammy BaldwinTammy BaldwinSteel industry urges House panel to adopt 'Buy America' rules Major progressive group endorses Martha McSally challenger Vulnerable senators raise big money ahead of 2018 MORE (Wis.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseThe Hill's 12:30 Report Senate Dems launch talkathon ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote Gore wishes Mikulski a happy birthday at 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere MORE (R.I.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren issues warning on healthcare vote: 'This is not a drill' New Dem message doesn’t mention Trump Senate Dems launch talkathon ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote MORE (Mass.), Maggie Hassan (N.H.) and Chris MurphyChris MurphyDem senator: Trump's 'icky' Boy Scout speech left 'my stomach in knots' Senate Dems launch talkathon ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote Dem suggests Trump focusing on Clinton, Sessions to distract from healthcare MORE (Conn.) wrote in a letter to President Trump. 

"We remained concerned that your administration has still not provided certainty to insurers and consumers that you will protect the cost-sharing subsidies provided under the law." 

Insurers have been concerned that the Trump administration would not continue the payments and have threatened to drop out of the market for 2018 or increase premiums if they don't get them. 

But they did not find Ryan's comments last week reassuring. A spokesperson for America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) told The Hill last week that insurers are still worried the payments could be discontinued.

AHIP wants Congress to appropriate the money for 2018 or provide some other guarantee that the payments won't be discontinued.