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Roe Statement on Cost Sharing Reduction Payments

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Washington, October 13, 2017 | Lani Short (202-225-6356) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement after the Trump administration announced its intention to end Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) Payments:

“As I’ve said time and time again, our nation is one of laws, and laws are written by Congress, not in the Oval Office. The previous administration often willfully ignored the constitutional limits of executive authority, and because the Affordable Care Act was a hastily-drafted, poorly-conceived law, the Trump administration is simply following the statute by ending what courts have ruled to be illegal payments. I hope Democrats will now join with Republicans to enact a patient-centered replacement for this deeply flawed law.”

Note: In 2014, Congressman Roe supported a resolution on the House floor to authorize the House to file a suit against these payments. This was the first time that the House or Senate had taken legal action against a president to dispute the enforcement of a law. The House challenged the administration’s use of appropriated funds to reduce cost-sharing requirements for lower-income individuals who purchased insurance plans through an exchange. Last year, U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled in favor of the House that the Obama administration was improperly funding “cost-sharing” payments to insurers. 
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