Trump has threatened to cut off the ACA insurer subsidy payments to force Democrats to negotiate changes, but the CBO calculates doing so would raise the deficit. (Photo: Shutterstock)

(Bloomberg) — The federal budget deficit would increase by $194 billion over the next decade if President Donald Trump follows through on his threat to halt ACA subsidy payments to health insurers, the Congressional Budget Office said.

Ending the so-called cost-sharing reduction payments would also boost premiums for mid-level Affordable Care Act plans by 20 percent next year, and by about 25 percent in 2020, the nonpartisan CBO said Tuesday.

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