Patty Murray

Partisan clash on Obamacare raises specter of government shutdown

Partisan clash on Obamacare raises specter of government shutdown

Democrats accused President Donald Trump of trying to sabotage the nation's health care system through his decision to halt payments to insurers meant to shore up the system, while Republicans countered Sunday that Trump is just pushing for a hard bargain.

Trump's decision, announced Friday after months of criticizing the payments as an insurance industry bailout, will throw in doubt the private insurance exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act. Democrats vowed to use year-end negotiations on the federal agency budgets as a leverage point to reinstate the payments, threatening to pin the political blame on Republicans if premiums skyrocket next year.

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