Not government's responsibility to provide health care

Oceane Deschanel
Julho 21, 2017

At the same time, I ask my elected representatives to carry this message to Washington: Do not look to balance the budget and manage the ever-rising cost of health care by uninsuring 20 million Americans through repeal of the ACA.

Third, we need a primary care-based health care system that focuses on prevention of disease rather than a specialty-based system that just treats disease.

In addition, the HHS should continue to enforce the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate that penalizes people who don't have qualified coverage "until legislative fixes are in place", the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association said.

Kristine Grow, a spokeswoman for America's Health Insurance Plans, a lobbying group for insurers, declined to comment directly on Trump's tweeted threats. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would have allowed insurers to sell bare-bones health plans to people who wanted cheaper premiums. So the healthier people would drop out.

McConnell quickly began floating the idea of simply repealing the law after a two year transition period.

Tuesday, President Donald Trump expressed disappointment at the outcome in the Senate, telling reporters, "We'll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us and they're going to say, 'How do we fix it?'" Obamacare's insurance markets still have problems, with insurers pulling out of some areas and raising premiums in other.

Meanwhile, perhaps before casting any more votes on health care, each member of Congress should recall at least one moment when having decent health insurance saved a life they hold dear - maybe even their own. The Trump administration has threatened to stop making them. That could mean 24,525 people could qualify for subsidized plan but have no way to buy them.

"Finally, we encourage the bureau to require Anthem to provide information on what quality improvement or cost-containment measures it is undertaking on behalf of its members, and what the results have been of any such efforts already in progress", Butterfield said in a written statement.

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Without it, many consumers would face annual deductibles of $2,000 or more when visiting the doctor or undergoing medical tests.

It's time for Congress to make decisions with the American people in mind. President Barack Obama's lawyers had appealed a court ruling that said the subsidy payments were made without proper congressional authority. Trump has repeatedly threatened to cut off those cost-sharing subsidies as well. The underlying cost of health care is too high, and we have to start talking about what we can do to bring that down.

Those receiving subsidies are shielded from the rate hikes because they are guaranteed of paying only 9.9 percent of their income on premiums.

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said the market in her state would be in good shape without the uncertainty over federal policy.

So we'll see what happens.

Just as replacement efforts seem to have fallen short in Congress, a new report released Wednesday attempts to quantify the impact the Affordable Care Act has had on CT.

Pennsylvania insurance commissioner Teresa Miller, for example, said last month that the five insurers selling subsidized insurance in the state are seeking an average 8.8 percent rate increase. "Coverage will be 'stable, ' but it will stabilize at a horrific premium rate level". It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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