Here Are The 18 States Suing Trump Administration To Maintain Obamacare Subsidies

“This is an effort to blow up the system.”

One day after the White House’s Thursday announcement that it would discontinue the payment of subsidies to insurers required under Obamacare, attorneys general from New York and California filed a multi-state lawsuit to stop the Trump administration from halting the payments.

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia joined the lawsuit, which was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, according to Sarah Lovenheim, a spokeswoman for Democratic California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

The Hill reported the lawsuit will seek a temporary restraining order, a preliminary injunction and a permanent injunction requiring the federal government to continue paying the subsidies.

Becerra criticized the Trump administration, contending that it is “withholding critical subsidies that make care more affordable.”

“Taking these legally required subsidies away from working families’ health plans and forcing them to choose between paying rent or their medical bills is completely reckless. This is sabotage, plain and simple,” Becerra said in a statement released on Friday.

The White House had announced Thursday it would discontinue cost-sharing reduction payments, which assist low-income individuals in paying health insurance premiums. The Trump administration argued the subsidies were unlawful because they were not authorized by Congress and, therefore, the federal government cannot disburse them, as reported by Independent Journal Review.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman labeled Trump’s halting of subsidy payments as “cruel,” “breathtakingly reckless” and “unlawful.”

“This is an effort to blow up the system,” Schneiderman said, while accusing Trump of acting in frustration over the inability of congressional Republicans to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“We’re not going to let him do it,” said Schneiderman, according to CNBC. 

In announcing the lawsuit, Schneiderman expained, “We will be in court to defend these subsidies and fight this decision with everything we’ve got.”

Attorneys general from Kentucky, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Oregon, North Carolina, Illinois, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Minnesota, New Mexico, Washington and Iowa joined the suit.

The Washington Examiner reported the lawsuit was filed by the states and Washington, D.C., to “protect themselves and their residents from the unlawful actions of the President and the Secretaries of the Treasury and Health and Human Services, and other federal officials responsible for implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

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