The Wall Street Journal  (4/23, Hackman, Subscription Publication) reports that on Sunday, President Trump warned in several tweets that the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces will collapse if the federal government refuses to continue making subsidy payments to insurers, and urged Democrats to support funding to build the wall along the border with Mexico in exchange for preserving the subsidies.

The Los Angeles Times  (4/23, King) reports that despite the “collapse” of the American Health Care Act, Trump “has said he wants a House vote in the coming week.” On Sunday, he “sought…to put pressure on the Democrats by renewing a threat to withhold funding for insurance subsidies.”

Reuters  (4/23, Chiacu) reports that Trump tweeted that the ACA “is in serious trouble. The Dems need big money to keep it going – otherwise it dies far sooner than anyone would have thought.”

The Hill  (4/23, Beavers) reports that Trump’s comments were made “just days before the Democrats and Republicans must agree on a federal budget or face a government shutdown.” The article says each party is pushing its own priorities: the White House wants funding “to build a wall along the Mexican border and enhance border security, while Democrats hope to make more inroads in healthcare coverage.”

State Policies Have Influenced The Health Of ACA Marketplaces. The New York Times  (4/21, Goodnough, Abelson, Subscription Publication) reported that only one insurer still sells Affordable Care Act plans in Oklahoma, which provides support for President Trump’s claim that ACA marketplaces are “imploding.” But, in New Mexico, which also has GOP leadership, the ACA “marketplace is in far better shape,” consumers “can still choose among four insurers, and the state has one of the lowest average premium costs.” The article added that almost “four years after they opened, the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces, also known as exchanges, are not uniformly failing, as Mr. Trump likes to claim.” However, “they have risen or fallen in no small part because of political and policy decisions by each state.”

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