President Donald Trump's decision to end cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments in Obamacare adds fuel to the health care debate, as Americans on one side insisting that the president had no other choice.
The cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies are meant to help offset the cost of co-pays, deductibles and other out of pocket expenses.
House Republicans argued that the Obama administration lacked authority to pay the subsidies because the United States Congress never appropriated funds for that purpose.
"This was without question the right move legally, and what President Obama did on this was really quite outrageous," Kerpen asserted. "Whether they get reimbursed by taxpayers or not, insurance companies are required to reduce co-pays and deductibles and so forth for people who make less than 250 percent of the poverty level – so that doesn't depend on the payments."
Kerpen also noted he is glad to see that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump still believe in the U.S. Constitution and the appropriations clause.
"The media and the left are going nuts about this – like he had the option to just continue making payments that have never been appropriated," the expert on constitutional matters pointed out.
During the network’s initial coverage of the decision involving CSRs, the electronically generated caption superimposed on the television screen read, "Trump ends health subsidies for poor people." A screenshot of the caption went viral (see image above).
Kerpen stressed that critics ought to be very careful before casting their responses.
"There are lots of things I'm sure the president would greatly enjoy spending money on that Congress has not appropriated that the media would not like – things like building the border wall and so forth," he explained. "So I think it's important that we follow the law and the Constitution and [understand] that Congress has the power of the purse. That's really the main point of the decision that the president made on that."
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