Physician Organizations Warily Eye ACA Repeal Efforts
- Author: Larry Hoffman Feb 28, 2017,
Feb 28, 2017, 4:51
"Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated".
The session is a chance for the industry to weigh in on the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 health law also known as Obamacare. "I think people are going to like it a lot".
This nation's healthcare is a mess.
It gets rid of the subsidies for health insurance based on income and replaces it with tax cuts based on age.
The fact that we're the richest nation in the world, and the only one out of the top 25 wealthiest nations in the world that does not offer universal health care, is stunning. "And that's where I appreciate the confidence we've been shown by the president to reach out to the governors".
Trump was actually arguing for Republicans not to repeal Obamacare so that they don't get the blame for killing it, but at the same time, he was also arguing that they have to get rid of Obamacare. The report said the combination of phasing out Medicaid expansion money from the US government, plus transforming the overall program from an open-ended federal entitlement to one that operates under a cap would likely result in state funding gaps. "They obviously work on much smaller margins than big businesses do and they don't have the volume of employees to self-insure".
Trump told the gathered Republican executives that he hoped to overhaul the American tax system but that was a "tiny little ant" compared to what he would need to do to remake the so-called Obamacare law.
Ed Singer, the director of the Carroll County Health Department and one of the panelists, said it best when he told us that a real discussion about whether there is a better solution to providing health care is in everybody's interest.
Trump's remarks came as members of Congress returned to Washington on Monday, anxious to deliver on a campaign promise to repeal President Barack Obama's signature domestic accomplishment, but worried that a week of rowdy town hall protests have emboldened Democratic efforts to blunt their efforts.
Trump plans to discuss health care in his address to Congress tomorrow night, and the ACA has also been a key topic in his discussions with governors, who are now in Washington for the their national association's winter meeting. But if they do, at least now we have a better idea of just how little they are replacing it with.
The House GOP leadership team is growing increasingly concerned by the President's unwillingness to embrace - or many believe, fully understand - the congressional approach to health care.
The replacement plan, an early draft with a long legislative path ahead of it, would relax requirements for the "essential health benefits" all health plans have to provide under the ACA, Insurance Department Commissioner Teresa Miller said. "But we have to do what's right because Obamacare is a failed disaster".
OH governor John Kasich, one of Trump's former Republican rivals for the presidential nomination, told the Washington Post he pushed Trump not to cut Medicaid. The Obamacare law, which extended health insurance to 20 million Americans, has been popular in many states, even those controlled by Republicans.
Trump said on Monday that he wanted to win support from Democrats for the plan.