Collyer wrote that for subsidy payments to be constitutional, Congress would have to approve annual appropriations.
The question is whether the subsidies can be funded through a permanent appropriation, as argued by Obama. “It cannot,” Collyer wrote.
Trump is agreeing with Judge Collyer, that without an annual appropriation, the subsidies have been illegal for years.
“We will discontinue these payments immediately,” said acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan on Thursday.
On Twitter, Trump sent the message: “The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped. Dems should call me to fix!”
PREMERA BOOKED PROFITS ON ALASKA
For the first quarter of 2017 according to Axios, Premera made $27 million in profit. Some $55 million in State money props up Premera in Alaska, covering the costs of the most expensive patients through a unique state-funded reinsurance program. Last year, the nonprofit company made $18 million in profit on Alaska Obamacare enrollees, but it has suffered losses in prior years.