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Trump is threatening to withhold cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurance companies.Photo: Getty Images

President Trump is trying to force Congress to try yet again to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act by threatening to withhold the law’s cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurance companies participating on the exchanges.

Trump tweeted on Saturday: “If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!” The latter is referring to subsidies made available to members of Congress and their staff, similar to those made by employers to pay for their workers’ health insurance premiums. 

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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