//  10/16/17  //  Commentary

That's the headline for an op-ed of mine that ran this weekend in the Los Angeles Times.

Back in 2013, the Obama administration asked Congress to appropriate the money for the cost-sharing payments. The Republican-controlled Congress refused. Concerned for the fate of its healthcare bill, the Obama administration then adopted a dubious legal theory that allowed it to make the payments even in the absence of a clear appropriation from Congress.

Incensed, the House of Representatives sued the administration. A federal court ruled in the House’s favor but put its opinion on hold to allow the Obama administration to appeal.

 That’s where matters stood when President Trump took office. At that point, he decided that the threat of withholding the payments would give him leverage in negotiations over repealing and replacing Obamacare. “You’ve got a lot of nice people with insurance there, Democrats,” he might as well have said. “It’d be a shame if something happened to them.”

Ten months later, Trump has followed through on his threat, claiming to finally appreciate that the payments cannot lawfully be made. But the constitutional rhetoric is pure pretext. Ending the cost-sharing payments is only the most visible manifestation of a systematic campaign to sabotage the ACA.

Go read the whole thing!

@nicholas_bagley


The United States Owes Tens of Billions, Says the Court of Federal Claims (Part 2).

2/19/19  //  Commentary

Should insurers gets every penny of cost-sharing payments that they're owed under the Affordable Care Act? Or have they mitigated their damages?

Nick Bagley

University of Michigan Law School

The United States Owes Tens of Billions to Insurers

2/18/19  //  Commentary

If recent decisions from the Court of Federal Claims stand up on appeal, insurers could recover roughly $12 billion a year, every year, until Congress intervenes to stop the bleeding.

Nick Bagley

University of Michigan Law School

Versus Trump: The ACA's Still Here...

2/7/19  //  Uncategorized

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie discuss last month's federal court decision holding that Maryland could not proceed in its lawsuit that sought a declaration that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional and must be enforced. Listen now!

Jason Harrow

Equal Citizens

Easha Anand

San Francisco