Brocker.Org: Trump goes on raging tweetstorm against Democrats over negotiations to avoid a government shutdown

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President Donald Trump on Thursday took negotiations over
the government shutdown to Twitter.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, Trump attacked
Democrats over their requests for the spending bill to
prevent a government shutdown.

I promise to rebuild our military and secure our border,”
Trump tweeted. “Democrats want to shut down the government.
Politics!”

The current funding bill for the federal government expires
Friday, and if a spending bill is not passed parts of the
federal government will shut down.

Trump highlighted one aspect that would be affected in his
tweetstorm.

As families prepare for summer vacations in our National
Parks – Democrats threaten to close them and shut down the
government. Terrible!” Trump said.

While Republicans hold a majority in both chambers of
Congress, Democrats could filibuster a spending bill in the
Senate. 
One of the biggest hangups in the
negotiations has come over Obamacare, the law formally known as
the Affordable Care Act.

Democrats have expressed a desire to
include funding for Obamacare’s cost sharing reduction (CSR)
payments in the spending bill
. The payments to insurance
companies offset the cost of offering lower-cost insurance plans
to poorer Americans and help stabilize the insurance market.

Currently, funding for the payments comes from the
White House, and
Trump has threatened to end them
. Most health policy experts
agree that if these payments were halted, insurers would
abandon Obamacare’s insurance exchanges, and many Americans
would either lose health insurance or see their costs skyrocket.

Amid the uncertainty from the White House over the payments,
Democrats have attempted to lock them in as a congressional
appropriation.

Trump, in his tweetstorm, called funding the payments
bailing out insurance companies.” He echoed tweets
from Wednesday and earlier on Thursday.

Republicans have
introduced legislation
 that would extend government
funding through next week to provide negotiations more time.

Here’s Trump’s full tweetstorm:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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