California, Other States to Sue Trump Administration Over Rollback of Health Care Subsidies

California and other states will file a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to roll back cost-sharing subsidies that help reduce the price of healthcare for millions of Americans, officials announced Friday.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks in Los Angeles on Sept. 12, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks in Los Angeles on Sept. 12, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said the decision to cease federal payments to health insurers that provide coverage undermines the Affordable Care Act and could result in up to 20% increases in costs, putting healthcare out of reach for millions of families.

“This is patently a decision that is reckless. It is sabotage plain and simple, and President Trump’s price hikes to Americans’ health insurance are hiding in plain sight,” Becerra said during a telephone conference call with the attorneys general of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Kentucky, who are also part of the lawsuit.

The legal challenge will say the subsidies are lawful, that the Trump administration action conflicts with federal law and that the president failed to follow proper procedure to change the subsidies that benefit 6 million people, including 700,000 Californians.

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