Major Medical Groups Denounce Trump’s “Catastrophic” Decision To Stop Obamacare Subsidy Payments

The Associated Press reports:

Six physician groups are condemning a Trump administration decision to halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law. Their statement Friday calls on Congress to act immediately to restore the payments to prevent what it called “dramatic, if not catastrophic, increases in premiums across the country” and millions of Americans losing coverage.

The groups represent more than 560,000 U.S. doctors and medical students. They are the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Osteopathic Association and the American Psychiatric Association.

The statement follows an announcement late Thursday. The White House says the government cannot legally continue to pay the so-called cost-sharing subsidies because it lacks formal authorization by Congress. At least a dozen states plan to sue President Donald Trump over his decision to stop payments.