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The Department of Health and Human Services published preliminary rate requests on Tuesday, and many states showed steep increases. Media outlets look at the marketplaces in California, Alaska, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Arizona, Connecticut and New Hampshire.
Seven Democrats and six Republican governors from a wide range of states came together with proposals that aren’t all new, but may carry more weight considering the bipartisan push behind them.
One proposal in particular — a measure giving states more flexibility — is gaining traction with a few senators, but it faces long odds.
The health care debate was a sharp blow to the relationship between President Donald Trump and Republican senators.
The case, which dates back to the Obama administration, was filed by the Republican-led House against the government in an effort to block the subsidy payments to insurers for the individual plans created by the Affordable Care Act. Sixteen attorneys general had filed to defend the subsidies.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold sessions beginning the week of Sept. 4, in a bid to “stabilize and strengthen” the individual health insurance markets.
In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Sarah Kliff of Vox.com, and Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News discuss what happens now in the wake of the apparent demise of the Republican-only repeal and replace efforts for the Affordable Care Act.
By taking aim at the subsidies received by some congressional staff members who, under the Affordable Care Act, are mandated to get their health coverage from the Obamacare exchanges, the president reignited an old fight.
Editorial writers offer their thoughts on how members of Congress might be able to find a path forward on fixing the health care system.
State officials say that five insurers have agreed to sell coverage in 19 of the 20 counties that were expected to be without an insurer on the Obamacare marketplace next year. Those gaps occurred after Anthem and Premier announced they would not participate in the Affordable Care Act market next year.
The proposal focuses on ideas that have received bipartisan support, such as ensuring subsidy payments for insurers, creating a stability fund for states to tap into to deal with high premiums and repealing the medical device tax.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) bore the brunt of the tactics from the president, his administration and colleagues over her stance on the Republicans’ health legislation.
If President Donald Trump cut off the subsidy payments to insurers, which he can decide to do, it would devastate the marketplace. News outlets also look into the president’s threats against congressional health care.
Despite threats from President Donald Trump, many in the party are giving up and shifting their attention elsewhere. “Maybe lightning will strike and something will come together but I’m not holding my breath,” Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said.
The state, which has fully embraced the Affordable Care Act, would have been particularly hard hit if the law had been rolled back. Media outlets report on reactions out of Ohio, Florida, Georgia and Connecticut, as well.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll also finds that voters want Congress to turn to other issues. Still, the results fall largely along party lines with just three out of 10 Republicans saying they wanted to keep or modify the law. Meanwhile, the most recent failure of Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act relieved some Americans.
Democrats have been watching how Republicans used the reconciliation process to get their legislation close to the finish line. Under slightly different circumstances, Democrats are realizing they might be able to use it. “In 2009, what we consistently got from Democratic senators was: Hey, reconciliation was a procedural can of worms. We don’t want to go there,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “Republicans have made very clear that you can go there and push your ideas into law.”
Republicans have been promising their voters repeal and replace for seven years. They may have to face the political consequences of not delivering.
A ruling party that never expected to win. A conservative base long primed to accept nothing less than a full repeal. An overpromising and often disengaged president with no command of the policy itself and little apparent interest in selling its merits to the public. These are just a few of the reasons experts cite on why the Republicans failed. The New York Times and other media organizations take a deep dive on what went wrong. (And in the case of Democrats — what went right).
Among the provisions getting a look from a bipartisan working group are the employer mandate, creating a stability fund that states can tap to help deal with premiums and scrapping Obamacare’s medical-device tax.