States ask U.S. court to order Trump to continue healthcare payments

WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - States challenging President Donald Trump's decision to terminate cost-sharing payments to health insurance companies under the Obamacare law on Wednesday asked a judge to quickly block the administration's move.

In a court filing, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra asked a federal judge in northern California to issue a ruling by Thursday that would force the Trump administration to continue making the payments. Becerra is leading a coalition of 19 Democratic attorneys general that have sued over the decision. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; editing by Grant McCool)