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What Donald Trump Learned From Vladimir Lenin About Chaos in Politics

Matthew Cooper
What Donald Trump Learned From Vladimir Lenin About Chaos in Politics

Washington is now dealing with the fallout from President Donald Trump’s recent decision to cut off about $7 billion in federal payments to insurance companies to keep them in the Obamacare exchanges. When the White House announced the end of the payments on Friday, it justified the actions with a legal rationale, saying the Cost Sharing Reduction payments to insurance companies represented a legal overreach by the Obama administration—and it even cited a Justice Department argument saying that only Congress could have appropriated the CSRs. As dozens of state attorneys general went to court to keep the payments coming and to insist there was no legal justification for cutting off the payments that keep insurers in the marketplace, the president made it clear that legal niceties were not the real issue—killing Obamacare was.