At a Cabinet meeting on Oct. 16, President Donald Trump stated that Obamacare is finished as a health care system.
Trump has signed several executive orders making changes to the Obamacare system, including allowing people to buy insurance plans outside of their state, Business Insider reported.
"Obamacare is finished, it's dead, it's gone, you shouldn't even mention it, it's gone," stated Trump, according to Business Insider. "There's no such thing as Obamacare anymore."
Trump denounced Obamacare as a "bailout" for insurers, pointing to his Oct. 12 decision to stop cost-sharing reduction payments.
"Knocked out CSRs, as you know, that was a subsidy to the insurance companies, that was frankly a gift," added Trump.
Trump also took credit for the efforts of Democrats and Republicans to reach a bipartisan deal on CSR payments.
"In my opinion what's happening is that as we meet, Republicans are meeting with Democrats because of what I did with the CSRs because I cut off the gravy train," added Trump. "If I didn't cut off the CSRs, they wouldn't be meeting. They'd be enjoying lunch by themselves."
Trump met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Oct. 16; in comments following the talk, he suggested that the bipartisan deal would seek to secure a short-term fix. He added that a longer-term plan would be developed in 2018, the Washington Examiner reported.
Speaking at the Values Voter Summit on Oct. 14, Steve Bannon, Trump's former chief political adviser, argued that Trump was pursuing a clear goal by cutting off CSR payments.
"Not gonna make the CSR payments," he said, according to HuffPost. "Gonna blow that thing up."
But Trump's health care policy faces opposition from within his own party. Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who voted against the Obamacare repeal bill in the Senate, said on Oct. 15 that Trump's choice to cut off of CSR payments is "affecting the ability of vulnerable people to receive health care right now."
"This is not a bailout of the insurers," she added. "What this money is used for is to help low-income people afford their deductibles and their co-pays so that their health care is available to them."
Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich supported Collins.
"These were payments to insurance companies to make sure that hardworking Americans, who don't make a lot of money, can have their copayments taken care of," added Kasich. "It's a subsidy to do that. And what this decision is leading to are higher prices."
Sources: Business Insider, HuffPost via Yahoo News, Washington Examiner / Featured Image: Andrea Hanks/The White House via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons