Canceling healthcare subsidies will hurt Americans in pro-Trump states the most: Report

Nearly 70 percent of Americans who receive benefits of subsidies to health insurance companies that President Trump just canceled live in states Trump won in the November election.

Roughly 4 million people who were living in the 30 states Trump won benefited from the subsidies, known as cost-sharing reduction payments, according to an analysis of 2017 enrollment data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services conducted by the Associated Press.

As an example, nearly half of 71,000 Kentuckians who bought health insurance on the federal exchange were benefiting from the cost-sharing subsidies Trump just ended.

Of the 10 states with the highest percentage of consumers who benefit from the cost-sharing payments, all but one, Massachusetts, were carried by Trump.

Trump last week announced he would stop paying the subsidies to health insurance companies that are meant to offset costs for lower-income people.

Critics have suggested without the government’s subsidies, insurers could increase premiums or leave the insurance marketplaces.

Trump encouraged Congress to devise legislation to extend the subsidies, which were not authorized by Congress under the Affordable Care Act.

The subsidies have been the subject of an ongoing legal dispute. Trump argued the government cannot continue to legally make the payments without an appropriation by Congress.

This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner

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