Trump ended health care subsidies that made insurance affordable, and Fox & Friends isn’t telling the truth about it


BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): By the way, if anyone was fearful on Friday the 13th of Obamacare imploding, that was doing it on its own, but the president is actually taking action and is pretty much fed up with what’s been going on. So last night around 9 o’clock, he had his second shot at taking it out.

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): The first shot, he signed [an] executive order encouraging competition, more choices, lower cost. And then he stopped the bailouts to the insurance companies.

KILMEADE: Which is about $7 billion.

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STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): What [Trump’s] talking about is the administration has been propping up the insurance companies that take part for, as Brian just mentioned, $7 billion a year. Essentially what it’s going to do, it’s going to end the payments. And here’s the reason why this makes sense, because they were never approved. When they carved up the law of Obamacare, they never said, “OK, and then there’s going to be this bailout for the insurance companies.” In 2014, the Republican Party sued the federal government. In 2016, a federal judge said, “You know what? The Republicans are right, those payments are improper.”

EARHARDT: So because the government, our tax dollars, have been bailing out these companies, they’re able to stay in Obamacare. And the president is saying that’s not fair, this is not what the original intent was. We’re spending $7 billion to keep, to prop up these insurance companies and “I’m tired of it,” he says.

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DOOCY: But ultimately, the people who are really at the end, they’re strapped, they can’t afford it, they would benefit, as we have learned, for state Medicaid.

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