Hardball health care option may cost Trump and taxpayers

President Donald Trump's 100th day in office will see the federal government shutdown if Congress can't come to a budget agreement by the end of the week.

Trump is pushing a revival of GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which imploded last month.

"This is unsustainable, as we're seeing with Obamacare, and it ignores the real problem of ever-increasing health care costs", the statement said. Insurers and other healthcare industry groups have pleaded with Congress and the Trump administration to commit to funding those subsidies, saying without more clarity they are unable to make key decisions about what plans they will offer next year and how to price them.

"Obamacare is dead next month if it doesn't get that money", Trump said in that interview. Drawing a curtain around the White House does not serve that end. He also hopes to use a $1 trillion catchall spending bill to salvage victories on his promised border wall, a multibillion-dollar down payment on a Pentagon buildup, and perhaps a crackdown on cities that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement by federal authorities.

Even Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, said a few weeks ago on "CBS This Morning" that Congress would keep the government open and suggested that lawmakers wouldn't fulfill the border wall request this year.

By 70 percent to 26 percent, Americans said the law should require coverage for pre-existing conditions without exception, and by 62 percent to 33 percent, they said the same about the other requirements, such as hospitalization and maternity care.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, welcomed the president's change of heart on the wall funding.

"We'd ask him to let us do our work, not throw in some last-minute poison pills that could undo it and we could get this done", Schumer told reporters. But more conservative members in the House refused to support it.

At the same time, the law put in place by President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party without a single vote from Republicans is experiencing a renaissance of support. With Democratic votes needed to pass the legislation, senior Republicans had no expectation of achieving the president's most contentious policy objectives in the spending bill, and instead planned to include border security money that would not be designated specifically for a wall.

Democratic negotiators think that they have Republicans, who are anxious about Trump's dismal 40 percent approval rating and desperate to show voters they can govern, stretched over a barrel.

The payments amount to about $7 billion in fiscal year 2017 and help cover out-of-pocket medical costs for low-income Americans who purchase insurance on the individual insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. Such a move would force it to collapse. "If we have the votes it will happen".

Add to the already packed and complicated congressional agenda this - overhauling the country's tax code. Republicans hold 52 seats.

In addition, states could obtain waivers to an Obama prohibition against insurers charging sick customers higher premiums than consumers who are healthy - a change critics argue would make insurance unaffordable for many.

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