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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s cut-off of federal payments to insurers is jolting the health care and political worlds.

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It’s threatening to boost premiums for millions and rattle insurance markets. It also could shove Republicans into a renewed civil war over their efforts to shred the Obama health care law.

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Trump is halting subsidies to companies for lowering costs for low- and middle-income earners – reductions insurers are legally required to make.

Defiant Democrats, convinced they have important leverage, are promising to press for a bipartisan deal to restore the money by year’s end.

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