Trump Faces Key Decision on Obamacare Payments Monday

The bill you voted for, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would break the President's health care promises.

Some insurers are already warning if the subsidies stop, they will end Obamacare plans, including Anthem, which now covers over 830,000 people in 14 states and is the only insurer in some rural areas, and Molina Healthcare, which could drop 700,000 members just this year. While not ideal, it took the necessary steps to establish a common sense solution to the failures of the ACA and instead provide stability for access to health care for Americans while also ensuring the protection of those with pre-existing conditions and the most vulnerable in our nation.

Most working families do not understand that they actually bear their employer's cost.

The states argued that pulling the payments would endanger the health insurance of millions of people on the exchanges.

The AHCA seeks to eliminate the individual mandate requiring health insurance coverage.

Larger companies in especially competitive job markets will continue to need to offer attractive medical plans as incentives to recruit the best workers.

This hastily and terribly designed bill catastrophically weakens key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, particularly for older, sicker and less affluent Americans. Rep. [Tom] Garrett [Jr., Virginia Republican], admitted that he did not even read the bill, but relied on his staff's summary, before he voted to approve it.

Peoples Clinic is hardly the only organization with concerns about the health care proposal.

Crowds are expected in downtown Dayton Friday evening for a rally against repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. People who are healthy and do not anticipate the need for many doctor's visits can pay less and receive less. The bill's most sweeping changes are aimed at Medicaid, the state-federal health care program that locally provides coverage for tens of thousands Greater Cincinnatians. Among the most important are whether the Senate will stop the House bill's elimination of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion and the bill's cost shifting and reductions to the states through block granting or other mechanisms, whether the Senate will restore Obamacare's subsidies to make coverage more affordable, and whether the Senate will restore Obamacare's requirement for insurance plans to cover pre-existing conditions and essential health services while eliminating the lifetime limit to coverage.

On the other end, there will be those who come out on the short end of the stick.

House Republicans are behind the effort to slash the subsidies, which are targeted to benefit not just low-income family members but middle-class ones as well. The CBO estimated that AHCA would cut $839 billion from Medicaid over the next decade. It helps keep rural hospital doors open.

The CBO also estimates overall 26 million more uninsured people by 2026.

The study, published this week in the journal Health Affairs, examined changes in self-reported health and healthcare use for individuals in Kentucky, Arkansas and Texas. Good mental health is a foundation for human functioning and is not simply the absence of mental illness.

The number of insured children in Orange County is higher than it's ever been.

As a bottom line, from the diagnosis of an economist, the proposed legislation is probably not a cure or a curse for most when it comes to the nation's health-care situation.

  • Larry Hoffman