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A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.
Each week, KHN’s Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.
Meanwhile, in Florida, Republicans are pushing to repeal the state’s certificate-of-need regulations, a Kansas House committee blocks a bill that would allow the Kansas University Health System to ban concealed firearms and the Florida-based Nemours Children’s Hospital awaits state regulators’ decision about its new heart and lung transplant center.
Aetna chief executive Mark Bertolini did not say whether his own company will be withdrawing.
With growing confusion about Republicans’ path on overhauling former President Barack Obama’s health law, there are growing questions about how the marketplaces will be run next year.
Despite initial qualms about the employer requirements in the health law, some say they plan to keep it because it makes them more competitive when hiring.
“What if 30 percent of the public had Health Savings Accounts?” said Sen. Rand Paul. “What do you do when you use your own money? You call up doctors and ask the price… if you create a real marketplace, you drive prices down.” Meanwhile, House leadership will discuss their proposals with rank-and-file members on Thursday to gauge their receptiveness.
The Internal Revenue Service had previously announced that for the first time it was going to reject any 2016 tax forms that didn’t have information filled out on whether the taxpayer had complied with the requirement to get coverage or risk fines. But following an executive order directing agencies to relax rules around the health law, that plan has been rolled back.
But advocates say the changes — including tighter open enrollment periods — may hurt consumers.
The state has one of the highest rates of small business owners who get health coverage through the Affordable Care Act.
The Trump administration’s first health regulation would shorten the enrollment periods and make it harder for patients to get coverage outside of that annual signup period.
Opinion writers offer their thoughts on a range of issues related to the health insurance marketplace, Medicaid and Medicare.
Economist Jonathan Gruber, who worked on both the Massachusetts and federal health overhauls, joined other health experts on a panel looking at the obstacles Republicans will face when trying to craft something that’s less expensive but still ensures people have access to coverage. Meanwhile, actuaries offer their take on stabilizing the marketplace.
The rate of uninsured in America is nearly half what it was before the Affordable Care Act was passed.
Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., says Republican leaders are considering switching federal payments for Medicaid to per capita allotments, but it’s not clear that proposal will win supporters in the Senate. Meanwhile, Politico looks at how GOP lawmakers who want to cut Medicaid spending may be forced to increase the funding for a bit.
The Freedom Caucus vows to block any legislation that doesn’t go far enough. Meanwhile, Speaker Paul Ryan is making the rounds to try to gin up support.
President Trump and other opponents see the decision as a sign that the Affordable Care Act is failing, but many insurers cite the murkiness of the Republicans’ plan for dismantling the legislation as a reason to be skittish about the marketplaces.
People who do not get insurance through their job or the government have long battled a difficult market.
As conservative physicians rise to more powerful positions in government, some question whether they speak for the nation’s doctors.
Opinion writers offer their thoughts on the possible landmines involved in replacing or repairing the health law, including what voters have to gain and lose as well as what costs could result.