Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff took to social media to strongly denounce President Donald Trump on Oct. 13, following a statement by the White House confirming that the U.S. government will not continue to subsidize health plans under the Affordable Care Act.
Schiff wrote on Twitter: "Latest reason why President Trump is the worst President in modern history: Deliberately undermining people's health care out of spite," the Washington Examiner reported.
A statement released on Oct. 12 explained that the Trump administration would cease making cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers. The administration argued that a court ruling found that Congress never authorized such payments.
"The government cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments," Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
Trump took on his critics Oct. 13.
"Obamacare is a broken mess. Piece by piece we will now begin the process of giving America the great HealthCare it deserves!" he wrote.
In addition, Trump appealed to Democrats to "call me to fix" Obamacare, according to CNBC. The president has reportedly told at least one lawmaker that if a bipartisan deal is reached on Obamacare, he would put the CSR payments back in place.
"What would be nice [is] if the Democratic leaders could come over to the White House, we'll negotiate some deal that's good for everybody," Trump stated, according to the Examiner. "That's what I'd like."
At the same time, Trump indicated he was not confident that it was possible to reach an agreement with the Democrats.
"They're always a bloc vote against everything," he added. "They're like obstructionists. If they came over, maybe we could make a deal."
On top of canceling CSR payments, Trump signed an executive order Oct. 12 permitting insurers to sell health care plans across state lines and offer cheaper plans that provide reduced coverage.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer stated on Oct. 13 that Republicans are now responsible for the state of U.S. health care.
"Republicans in the House and Senate now own the health care system in this country from top to bottom, and their destructive actions, and the actions of the president, are going to fall on their backs," Schumer told reporters, according to The Washington Post. "The American people will know exactly where to place the blame when their premiums shoot up and when millions lose coverage."
Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, went even further in comments on the CSR payments.
"We have to try to put a stop to that immediately, these particular pieces of it, because people will die," she said.
Sources: Washington Examiner(2), CNBC, The Washington Post / Featured Image: The White House/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Farragutful/Wikimedia Commons, Michael Worley/Wikimedia Commons