The Wall Street Journal: Poor would be ‘devastated’ if Trump cuts health payments, GOP senator warns

Sen. Susan Collins, one of three Republican senators who blocked the GOP’s health-care bill last week, on Sunday said President Donald Trump’s threatened cuts in payments to insurers would be “detrimental” to America’s poor.

The secretary of health and human services, meanwhile, was noncommittal about the payments and also declined to say whether the Trump administration would enforce the portion of the Affordable Care Act that generally requires individuals to carry health insurance.

At issue are millions of dollars under the Affordable Care Act that the federal government pays in order to lower deductibles and out-of-pocket costs for the poorest health enrollees.

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