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U.S. judge to review Trump healthcare payments cut

October 23, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge is set to hear arguments on Monday about whether to block President Donald Trump’s decision to terminate controversial payments to health insurance companies under Obamacare.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco federal court has said he would quickly issue a ruling following the hearing.

Several U.S. states sued the federal government and asked for an immediate order halting Trump’s move while the case is being litigated.

Trump said earlier this month that his administration would stop paying billions of dollars in subsidies that help insurers give discounts to low-income households, one of several moves to dismantle the signature healthcare law of his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.

Since then, Trump has alternately supported, and dismissed, an effort by Republican and Democratic senators that would reinstate the subsidies for two years until a broader replacement to the 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, can be negotiated.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco federal court has said he would quickly issue a ruling following the hearing.

Several U.S. states sued the federal government and asked for an immediate order halting Trump’s move while the case is being litigated.

Trump said earlier this month that his administration would stop paying billions of dollars in subsidies that help insurers give discounts to low-income households, one of several moves to dismantle the signature healthcare law of his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.

Since then, Trump has alternately supported, and dismissed, an effort by Republican and Democratic senators that would reinstate the subsidies for two years until a broader replacement to the 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, can be negotiated.