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People protest Trump administration policies in Los Angeles in January

The motion was filed in a pending case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that would end subsidies that House Republicans filed against the government, saying the Obama administration had overstepped its authority.

The 15 states, joined by the District of Columbia, filed a motion Thursday in the lawsuit pending against the subsidies, known as cost-sharing reduction payments, seeking to intervene in the case, which has now been paused.

"No final decisions have been made at this time, and all options are on the table", the White House said in a statement to Politico.

The payments have been made while the lawsuit is pending, but the Trump administration has wavered on whether it will continue to make them in the future, worrying insurers as they prepare to set their premium rates for 2018.

That move could trigger an implosion of the Obamacare insurance markets.

Several insurers, including Aetna and Humana, have largely left the Obamacare exchanges, citing a pool of patients who are sicker than expected and therefore more expensive.

The Trump administration has reportedly told Congress that it will continue the subsidies through May, but it is not clear what will happen after that.

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The president's first stop will be in Saudi Arabia, before continuing to Israel, Italy, Vatican City, and Belgium. Much of the package builds on commitments made before Trump took office.

Democratic attorneys general have emerged as significant opponents to the Trump administration.

Democratic attorneys general took a lead role to successfully block Trump's executive orders restricting travel from some Muslim-majority countries, and they are also resisting efforts to roll back environmental regulations.

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The Trump administration must provide an update to the US District Court of Appeals on Monday about whether it wishes to continue the case. In February, the same court rejected a similar motion filed by Democratic attorneys general seeking to help defend the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a legal battle that could defang the agency.

The litigation could become moot if Congress repeals Obamacare.

Despite uncertainties in the healthcare market, heightened by the recent House passage of the GOP healthcare bill, most health system leaders are sticking to their existing business strategies, and will keep their organizations moving towards value-based care, according to a new leadership survey by BDC Advisors, a national healthcare advisory firm.

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