This afternoon, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued President Trump over Trump's announcement that he would end subsidies paid to insurance companies to reduce out-of-pocket costs for poor Americans.
At least one million Americans could lose health insurance coverage when the subsidies are cut, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Becerra and other Democratic state attorneys general had intervened in that case, which is before the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, to pick up the defense of the subsidies if the Trump administration made a decision to withdraw. On Thursday, he reversed course, citing a three-page memo from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that said the payments lack a valid appropriation.
Local advocates for health care access are calling on Congress to take action to protect the payments. The attorneys general asked the court to force the Trump Administration to continue paying for CSRs.
"The bailout of insurance companies through these unlawful payments is yet another example of how the previous administration abused taxpayer dollars and skirted the law to prop up a broken system", the White House said in a statement.More news: Almost 30 Dead As Truck Bomb Rocks Somali Capital
House Republicans sued the Obama administration over the payments claiming that they were illegal because Congress did not appropriate with them.
This summer, the courts granted our intervention to defend these vital subsidies and the quality, affordable health care they ensure for millions of families across the country.
Becerra has already successfully intervened in the 2014 House GOP lawsuit against the subsidies, but it was unclear the next moves in that case. A federal district judge a year ago ruled that the subsidy payments were unlawful, but put her ruling on hold pending the Obama administration's appeal.
"Undermining the Affordable Care Act has been Donald Trump's and many Republicans' plans for a long time", Becerra said.