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 Davis RyanAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Debate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 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 Suzanne BaldwinWarren vows to fight 'tooth and nail' for LGBTQ protections as president This week: House to vote on bill to ban LGBTQ discrimination Overnight Defense — Presented by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Pentagon approves transfer of .5B to border wall | Dems blast move | House Dem pushes Pelosi to sue over Trump's Yemen veto MORE (Wis.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseOvernight Energy: Democrats push EPA to collect 4K in 'excessive' Pruitt travel expenses | Greens angered over new rules for rocket fuel chemical | Inslee to join youth climate strikers in Las Vegas Democrats push EPA to collect 4K from Pruitt for 'excessive airfare expenses' Overnight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan MORE (R.I.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenGillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay: AP Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk MORE (Mass.), Maggie Hassan (N.H.) and Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Defense: 1,500 troops heading to Mideast to counter Iran | Trump cites Iran tensions to push through Saudi arms sale | Senate confirms Army, Navy chiefs before weeklong recess Senators say Trump using loophole to push through Saudi arms sale Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' 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.