Friday, 15 December, 2017

Broker: Interstate Sales of Health Plans? Forget About It.

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Ron Matthews | 09 February, 2017, 17:15

"We are committed to rescuing people from this collapsing law and replacing it with a much better system that is a patient-centered healthcare system."

Under the Affordable Care Act, canceled policies, elimination of many plans, difficulties in identifying new plans, massive premium increases, sky-high deductibles and limited options for doctors have become the new normal for many American families. January 20, President Trump issued an executive order to begin the process of removing Obamacare, though it is still not clear whether this will be a quick or slow process. It has been a monumental failure and a rolling disaster. "We will do that by replacing Obamacare with better, lower-cost alternatives and repealing the parts of Obamacare that have caused the damage". "You have to remember Obamacare doesn't work".

Because they refused to pay for the CT scan that was needed to confirm a diagnosis, I had to pay for one of them out of pocket. Even though 20 million previously uninsured Americans now have health insurance that they didn't have before - a literal "Thanks, Obama!" moment.

Permitting sales across state lines could be the answer, says Sally C. Pipes, president, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow of Health Care Policy at the Pacific Research Institute.

In an interview Sunday, President Trump said that Republicans may not reveal their Obamacare replacement proposal until "sometime into next year".

Ryan added the Senate should decide this week about Tom Price's confirmation as the health secretary of the new administration. In these parts of the state, it can already be hard to access quality health care, especially for those who have trouble traveling long distances due to their age or a disability, or lack of reliable transportation.

President Trump vowed a repeal of the Affordable Care Act throughout his campaign and one of his first moves as president was seen as the initial step toward that campaign promise.

For instance, they noted, only 61 percent of those polled knew that many people would lose Medicaid coverage or subsidies that help them buy private coverage if Obamacare is repealed without a replacement.

So far, Republicans have been unable to come up with such a plan. "Once we get a grasp on that concept, we will never be afraid of any political upheaval, because people's illnesses won't stop just because Obamacare has stopped".

That could mean another hit for rural hospitals already struggling with other federal cuts.

More than 1.5 million Californians are enrolled in an Obamacare health plan.

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