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Opinion writers take a hard look at ongoing issues to undo the Affordable Care Act and make system changes regarding Medicaid, Medicare and the individual health insurance market.
If Republicans opt to defund the subsidies, Michigan residents buying coverage through the exchanges could face a 31 percent increase. Media outlets report on news in the marketplaces of Connecticut and Ohio as well.
The Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, won’t make an official ruling until she is given specific language on the provisions, but they could threaten the future of the entire bill. However, dropping the language could result in loss of support among conservative lawmakers.
Some insurers have decided a low-key role is best, but others are frustrated that their concerns aren’t being heard. In other news, outlets look at what consumers could expect to pay under the Republicans’ health care plan, the effect it would have on jobs and the amount of support the legislation has in Missouri and Kansas.
Although President Donald Trump personally helped champion the legislation through the House and called it a “great plan” when it passed, he is now saying it’s “mean” and that the Senate should be more “generous” in its version. The about-face has left lawmakers scratching their heads. Meanwhile, in the upper chamber, each senator is fighting for their own state’s best interest, but not everyone is going to win, and Democrats hit pause on the health fight after Wednesday’s shooting.
The Senate’s secret deliberation on the health bill overhaul is part of a long, slow slide away from transparency. And I’m a witness.
A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.
The company will begin selling plans in Nevada, Missouri and Kansas while growing its presence in six other states.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is emerging as an unlikely voice in helping to get his conservative colleagues to a “yes” on health care legislation. In other news on the American Health Care Act, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) predicts the president will have a health bill on his desk by August, while Senate Democrats demand a hearing on any potential legislation before a vote.
Experts say that both reports rely on assumptions, and that it’s still uncertain how things will play out if the House Republican health care bill went into effect.
President Donald Trump hosted senators at the White House to discuss their health care push, and he, according to sources, took a much different tone on the House’s version than he did when he was celebrating its passage.
Opinion writers take on health policy issues related to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act as well as health care cost transparency, among others.
Bloomberg gives a quick rundown of what’s happening with the exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, two insurers are jumping back into the marketplace in Arizona.
The nearly 2 million people who canceled their plans through the exchanges reflect the normal up and down of the program and does not reflect the politics of the moment, experts say.
The proposal would rewrite major parts of the Affordable Care Act for the state, and needs approval from the administration.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he could accept the phaseout of the health law’s Medicaid expansion if Republicans writing the bill add more money for states and make the pull back more gradual. In other Medicaid news, a look at how states are remolding the program for low-income residents, concerns among nonprofit insurers about proposed changes to the law, and developments in Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio.
Patient and industry groups are organizing rallies, ad campaigns and lobbying efforts while conservatives are trying to make sure the health law’s taxes are repealed.
“[T]his is not the best way to do health care, but it’s the way we’re having to do it,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Republicans, though, are trying to rein in expectations about when the vote will come.
With lots of questions about the 2018 insurance market still in play, someone who is between jobs might want to stick with their job-based insurance at least until the outlines of the health law’s marketplaces are clear in the fall.
Opinion writers parse a variety of issues related to the Affordable Care Act, the American Health Care Act, Medicaid’s ups and downs, the future of single-payer proposals and other health policy developments.