CNN's Chris Cuomo to Rep. Jim Jordan on Obamacare Subsidies: "Why Aren't You Saying The President Is Acting Like An Emperor?"


CNN anchor Chris Cuomo got in a heated dispute Friday morning with Rep. Jim Jordan over Donald Trump ending certain ObamaCare subsidies.

Cuomo asks why Republicans are not as upset about President Trump's executive over-reach in dismantling Obamacare as they were about Obama's over-reach in setting it up.

CUOMO: What's your take on what the president did and how he did it.

JORDAN: He is right with the statement he put out. It is a mess. Everyone knows that’s the case. That’s why we were elected in ‘10, ‘14 and ‘16. We would be in a lot better position if we undid this thing. It uncertainly didn't get through the United States Senate. I agree with the President’s statement. Let's get after this. Let’s repeal ObamaCare. Let’s get that done and put in place a better health care system the American people deserve.

CUOMO: Jim, why aren't you saying the President is acting like an emperor and his job is to execute laws that are passed not write his own and Congress must hold him into account for doing so.

JORDAN: Not with these CSR payments. The courts have said, just like with DACA, this president said, “I’m not going to continue something the courts have said is unconstitutional.”


CUOMO: The litigation is not complete. You are right. A district court did hold that. The appeal is on hold because the parties have held it.

JORDAN: The money was never appropriated, Chris. It’s not constitutional plain and simple.

CUOMO: Listen, I get that that’s your opinion. I’m just saying that the litigation isn’t over.


JORDAN: Everything that the Democrats told us about this [ObamaCare]law has turned out to be false.

CUOMO: That’s not true.

JORDAN: Yes, it is! If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.

CUOMO: That’s true. That’s fair criticism. But not everything is untrue.

JORDAN: Nine different lies they told us. And we know they were lies because the architect of ObamaCare, Jonathan Gruber, who the New York Times called the architect of this law, was caught on videotape saying, “Yeah, we misled the American people. We told them things that weren’t accurate. We pulled one over. The architect told us they lied to us. Like your plan, keep your plan. Like your doctor, keep your doctor. Premiums will decline. Deductibles will go down The President of the United States President Obama, President Obama told us premiums would decline, on average, $2500. Now, how has that worked out for American families?


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