>> Democrats losing ground in the fight to save Obamacare after a US judge in San Francisco on Wednesday refused to block President Donald Trump's decision to end subsidy payments to health insurers. Democratic Attorneys General from 18 US states and the District of Columbia had sued the federal government and asked for a halt on Trump's order while the case was being litigated.
Arguing that terminating the payments harmed customers by raising insurance rates. The Trump administration earlier this month ended the payments which helped cover out of pocket medical expenses for low income Americans. Reuters correspondent Dan Levine.>> So the judge said that the Trump administration had better legal arguments. And he said that the kind of emergency order that the states were asking for really isn't necessary.
The state's had done a lot of work to make sure a lot of people actually won't be hurt by these subsidy payments. And so the kind of order that the states were looking for would be counter productive.>> Either side could now appeal the ruling before the left leaning 9th US circuit court of appeals in San Francisco.
>> If the state's decide to appeal they would have a very, very tough hill to climb. This Judge Vince Chhabria is an Obama appointee, even though that's not supposed to matter, it's still helps to give these types of rulings more credibility.>> Trump had threatened to cut off the subsidies for months prompting health insurance to raise premiums or exit insurance markets.
While Democrats accuse Trump of sabotaging Obamacare, the President argued that the subsidies made insurance companies rich.>> Because,