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Meanwhile, under the reconcilliation process that Republican lawmakers are using to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, each provision they change has to be directly related to the budget. But Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) argue that the rules aren’t set in stone.
Senators are searching for trade-offs in an effort to save the health law’s Medicaid expansion.
The Republican health plan would require insurers to offer coverage to people who have preexisting medical conditions. But if states opt to allow insurers to charge sick people more than healthy ones, people who have been more than 63 days without coverage could see significantly higher insurance costs.
Editorial writers examine various issues involved in the Republican efforts to change the federal-state low-income insurance program.
Opinion pages nationwide highlight some of the key elements of the current repeal-and-replace debate.
They say they won’t be able to absorb any cuts to the estimated $4 billion schools receive in annual Medicaid reimbursements, and that something will have to give. Meanwhile, families who rely on other Medicaid programs and the Children’s Health Insurance Program are also worried about their future under the Republican health care plan.
After a brutal few months of negotiations, Republican lawmakers managed to eke out a victory in the House. But now they have to convey to their voters, who are terrified of losing health care, why that was a good thing.
There are signs that moderates are reaching across the aisle to talk about health care. Meanwhile, a controversial provision in the Republican legislation was predicted to die in the upper chamber, but now experts aren’t so sure. And The Washington Post fact checks claims about rising premiums — under both Obamacare and the Republican bill.
In two interviews, the president reveals some surprising views of health policy.
A provision in the House bill to strip funding from organizations that provide abortions may not meet the strict rules needed to bypass the filibuster in the Senate.
Opinion writers explore a variety of health policy issues in play as lawmakers continue to debate changes to the health care system.
The early indications from insurers suggest that premiums for plans sold on the health law’s marketplaces will rise on average again next year. Meanwhile, in an interview with the Economist, President Donald Trump talks about the cost-sharing subsidies that the federal government pays insurers to help cover expenses of low-income customers, saying “we don’t have to subsidize” Obamacare. “You know if I ever stop wanting to pay the subsidies, which I will,” Trump said. “Anytime I want.”
Reps. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) have emerged as national figures during the weeks of negotiations to push a Obamacare replacement bill through the House.
But 75 percent of respondents – and 59 percent of Republicans – say it is a “bad idea” to allow states to opt out of cost-lowering protections for those with preexisting conditions. A separate poll looks at the percent of Americans who are worried about losing access to care.
Republicans are fielding inquiries on the ramifications of the American Health Care Act.
The approach – which Politico says would make the insurance subsidies “look a lot like Obamacare” – is billed as a breakthrough in the upper chamber but would likely face difficulties among House conservatives.
Key to this discussion is how to handle regulations that require plans to cover a set of essential health benefits as well as preexisting condition protections.
The larger an area’s population, the more likely insurers will compete in that market, according to an Urban Institute analysis.
Opinion writers offer views on how to move forward in efforts to reform the nation’s health care system, including thoughts on what’s right in Obamacare, specific ways its shortcomings need to be addressed and deep problems in the GOP’s American Health Care Act.
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