When ‘Temporary’ ObamaCare Subsidies Are Forever

Democrats want the pandemic emergency bonus payments to be permanent.

Wonder Land: The White House now says the U.S. economy is ‘in transition.’ They got that part right. Images: Getty Images/The Universal Archive via AP Composite: Mark Kelly

A time-honored political trick is to pass a “temporary” subsidy that people get used to and then cry hardship when the emergency program ends. The latest example is the Democratic scramble to make permanent a huge ObamaCare subsidy expansion passed during the pandemic.

More than two dozen Democrats wrote their leaders this month asking to include provisions to “permanently lower the cost of health care” in any reconciliation bill, and the signers include some in tough re-election races such as Abigail Spanberger from Virginia.

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