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But Sen. Bernie Sanders is looking to start a conversation about why America has the problem it does with its current health care system.
The price changes in 21 cities range from an increase of 49 percent to a decrease of 5 percent. Elsewhere, news outlets examine insurance companies’ efforts to get lawmakers to drop the health law’s tax on plans, some health organizations propose fixes for the law, Oscar’s plans for Tennessee, Ambetter’s decision to stay in the New Hampshire marketplace and other topics.
President Donald Trump unleashed another wave of criticism toward Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), highlight the growing distance between the president and Congress.
Just 3 in 10 want President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to continue their drive to repeal and replace the statute, while nearly 8 in 10 say Trump should be trying to make the health law work according to a new poll.
Majorities of Democrats and Republicans — and people who say they are supporters of President Donald Trump — say they want the country to make the law successful.
In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Sarah Kliff of Vox.com, and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times discuss the state of the individual health insurance markets in the wake of the failure (for now) of Congress’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Opinion writers also offer their thoughts on the Affordable Care Act’s stability, the negative systemic possibilities of Medicare for all and a range of other topics.
Some groups are launching ad campaigns as part of their efforts. But while some senators seem to favor the idea, key members of the House say the best way to get “the Obamacare taxes out of the economy is through health care reform legislation.”
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) later walked back the statement, saying “I’m disappointed I didn’t more eloquently express my sympathy for what Sen. McCain is going through.”
Trump officials are moving beyond the longtime focus on repeal-and-replace only and signaling a willingness to fix aspects of the health law.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says President Donald Trump’s “early timelines” and “excessive expectations” are hindering Congress’ ability to get anything done, while the president fired back that lawmakers have had seven years to work on it.
The group, composed of prominent advisers to former Republican and Democratic presidents, began holding monthly meetings in January to search for points of agreement. Meanwhile, a study finds that the uncertainty from the Trump administration has triggered premium hikes and community organizations that help people enroll in health care through the Affordable Care Act are on edge about their funding.
Opinion writers examine areas in which the next step for lawmakers regarding Obamacare might involve bipartisanship. They also take on issues related to Medicaid and the outlook for the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces.
But despite all the movement on health care, there was no sharp uptick in spending this year.
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) wanted to make sure they got the message: The legislation will hurt your states. Put your opposition in writing so the Senate can pause. Meanwhile, lawmakers have headed home to face their constituents and their town halls are just as raucous as they have been the rest of the year.
Three years ago, only about a quarter of the nation’s large employers were very confident they would have a health plan in 10 years. That number has now risen to 65 percent.
Opinion writers offer a variety of thoughts on the current zeitgeist surrounding the Capitol Hill repeal-and-replace discussion as well as a number of other policy issues.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says he doesn’t know what the path forward looks like, but he thinks that “no action is probably not going to work.”