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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 RyanPaul Ryan calls for Trump to accept results: 'The election is over' Bottom line Democratic anger rises over Trump obstacles to Biden transition 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 BaldwinSenate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation  Next Congress expected to have record diversity Infrastructure, energy investments urgently needed to create U.S. jobs MORE (Wis.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight Whitehouse says Democratic caucus will decide future of Judiciary Committee MORE (R.I.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Disney laying off 32,000 workers as coronavirus batters theme parks MORE (Mass.), Maggie Hassan (N.H.) and Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyRepublicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks Biden decides on pick for secretary of State 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.