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White House claims it can’t lawfully pay Obamacare subsidies

The White House said today that it cannot lawfully pay subsidies to health insurance companies under the Obamacare health law. — File picThe White House said today that it cannot lawfully pay subsidies to health insurance companies under the Obamacare health law. — File picWASHINGTON, Oct 13 — The White House said today that it cannot lawfully pay subsidies to health insurance companies under the Obamacare health law, prompting howls of protests from Democratic lawmakers.

A White House statement said based on guidance from the Justice Department, “the Department of Health and Human Services has concluded that there is no appropriation for cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under Obamacare”.

“In light of this analysis, the Government cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments,” the statement said. — Reuters

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