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President Donald J. Trump on Monday issued an emergency injunction ordering all state and local governments across the nation to continue withholding federal subsidies for health insurance to millions of residents who were not covered by their existing plans and whose incomes have been severely reduced under the Affordable Care Act.
The injunction, issued by U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg in Washington, was a temporary order that will not allow people to access subsidies, but the administration will continue to withhold payments to insurance companies that operate in the individual market, including some insurers that are the nation’s largest.
In a statement, the White House said that the administration has made a “full commitment” to provide assistance to millions, and that “we will be ready to assist in the weeks and months ahead.”
The federal government has asked states to continue to implement the waiver program that requires people to buy insurance, while some states have refused.
The White House has said it will provide additional assistance if states comply with the injunction.
In addition to withholding payments to insurers, the injunction bars the federal government from enforcing the mandate to buy health insurance.
The administration has said the mandate is designed to ensure people have access to health care and is not intended to deny people coverage for pre-existing conditions.
The president is expected to announce a replacement plan for the ACA later this month.
“While the administration continues to vigorously enforce the mandate, there is a strong likelihood that the court will rule against the administration,” said Paul Starr, an assistant professor of law at Georgetown University.
“As a result, the administration must make a full commitment to continue providing assistance to all Americans who do not have insurance, including people who have been forced to take out federal loans to pay for insurance or who have had their wages withheld by employers.
That is exactly what the president is doing right now.
This is exactly why states should comply with their obligations under the waiver.”
The state-level order also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to prepare an annual report for the President and Congress on the impact of the injunction, as well as a report for state legislators.
The report should include a breakdown of the total number of Americans whose health insurance coverage has been cancelled, the number of people who were uninsured for more than two weeks and how many are still uninsured, according to the order.
It is unclear how much additional assistance the administration may provide.
The Department of Labor will also work with the White, State and Local governments to make sure that the order does not affect the administration’s ability to hire people, according a White House official.