President Trump's decision to abruptly end insurer subsidies for Obamacare comes as the Senate is expected to resume talks next week on a bipartisan deal that makes the payments.
Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., have been working for weeks on a narrow bipartisan deal that would fund the payments in exchange for greater flexibility for states to waive certain Obamacare regulations.
But it remains unclear whether President Trump or the House is amenable to a bipartisan deal that funds the payments in exchange for flexibility.
Insurers are required to lower out-of-pocket costs like copays for low-income Obamacare customers.
Insurers are still required to lower out-of-pocket costs, and so without the payments that has led some experts to estimate premium hikes for Obamacare customers to make up the costs.