The arguments run like a loop in my sleep.
They predicted that 32 million people who now have insurance would lose their coverage by 2026. Yes, many countries cover almost everyone (we still don’t). But both Trump and Congressional Republicans favor converting Medicaid into block grants, which give states more flexibility to decide who would be eligible for subsidized care and what services would be covered.
A New York Times op-ed bears the not-so-subtle headline, “Without Obamacare, I Will Get Sicker, Faster, Until I Die”.
Therein lies one of the main hurdles to quickly taking down the Affordable Care Act.
Ryan and the GOP leadership claim they will pass a replacement for Obamacare that won’t cost anybody their coverage, but they aren’t being truthful. A reality where evidence matters more than politics. That would include $20 million in public health funding to Georgia each year over five years, or a total of $100 million, the report says.
“But we note for now that a repeal of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act ought not be undertaken without the concurrent passage of a replacement plan that ensures access to adequate health care for the millions of people who now rely upon it for their wellbeing”.
The ACA affected the terms and costs of Student Health insurance plans when it went into effect.
There more feasible ways to address the adverse selection death spiral.
“I think that with the constellation in Washington the way that it is, that there’s going to be an very bad lot of opportunities”, said Greg Lawson, a senior policy analyst with the Buckeye Institute, a conservative think tank in OH that opposed expansion.
Mandates: The most disliked part of the ACA was that it forced all Americans to buy health insurance, just as we have to buy vehicle insurance, so as to have a healthy pool of people in the insurance mix. They miss work. Many end up with unmanageable medical debt. Quality is providing good care to make our lives better. Those numbers are people.
His administration might loosen the criteria for qualifying for a hardship exemption, which would allow more people to remain uninsured without paying a penalty.
Still, Trump’s plans could pressure shares of insurers such as Molina Healthcare Inc, Centene Corp and WellCare Health Plans Inc, who administer state Medicaid plans, over concerns that the number of insured, especially among the poorest, would shrink. Now they have the opportunity to show us what they meant. Changing them too much or injecting too much uncertainty into the market could prompt health insurers to flee next year, which might leave some Americans without options and others forced to pay higher premiums. But market-based reforms will never be the answer to every health care question.
Numerous health care policy experts called out the news outlets for their flawed analyses, and underscored that this executive order caused no immediate policy changes and instead reflected “recycled campaign talking points” that amounted to a symbolic gesture until further action is taken.
“Fear, it scares me that he might do something and take away”.
The frightening fact is that Sanders’ estimate that about 36,000 people will die if the ACA is repealed is consistent with well-respected studies. Replace it with nothing. That means making sure that almost a million Ohioans don’t lose their health care coverage. Many Americans will believe him.
Jeremy O’Connor is an internal medicine physician and health services research fellow at the Yale School of Medicine.