Office of Management and Budget director, Mick Mulvaney, stood behind President Donald Trump’s decision on Friday to end ObamaCare subsidies to health insurers.
“The President doesn’t want to write a check of your and my tax money to these large health insurance companies that are making hundreds of millions of dollars,” Mulvaney said in an interview for CNN.
After cutting off these subsidies, Trump called on Democrats to work together toward a bipartisan fix for the program.
“The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped. Dems should call me to fix!”, the president’s tweet read.
Mulvaney also said he invites both parties to help repeal and replace ObamaCare, stating that it would be better for the American people and the healthcare in general if the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, was repealed.
“The president has said pretty clearly that he’s willing to talk to just about anybody about repealing and replacing [ObamaCare]. But if the straight-up question is: Is the president interested in continuing what he sees as corporate welfare and bailouts for the insurance companies? No,” continued Mulvaney.
Democrats, on the other hand, believe the ending of healthcare cost-sharing subsidies was a direct blow to ObamaCare which would have damaging effects on low-income families. House and Senate Minority Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi issued a joint statement in which they severely criticized Trump’s move.
“It is a spiteful act of vast, pointless sabotage leveled at working families and the middle class in every corner of America,” Schumer and Pelosi said. They added that Trump’s move “will fall on his back and he will pay the price for it.”