Julio 21, 2018

After repeal fails, 'task remains' to reform health care, says bishop

30 Julio 2017, 09:48 | Faron Santos

People illustrate the importance of affordable health care in New York City July 13

People illustrate the importance of affordable health care in New York City July 13

Trautwein said the Affordable Care Act continues to adversely influence staffing patterns, discourage full-time employment and drive up consumer prices.

Assurances don't look to be coming anytime soon.

Trump tweeted what appeared to be a veiled threat after the Senate vote: "Let ObamaCare implode, then deal".

He said there's "room to doubt" that the GOP shares that goal since the bills it has introduced in the House and Senate have been determined by the Congressional Budget Office to result in 16 million to 26 million more uninsured Americans.

A lot is at stake, he said, noting that health care now accounts for almost 20 percent of the USA economy.

Their main concern now is that the administration will stop paying crucial subsides called for in the law that help reduce costs like deductibles for people with low incomes. And we're getting, this year, towards the deadline when insurers have to decide whether or not they're going to offer coverage for next year.

Now insurers - and customers - are wondering what happens next.

"I had very big huge medical bills". Republicans still have a chance to make good on their promises to the American people by working with Democrats to strengthen the Affordable Care Act and improve our health care system, rather than ram through cruel, unpopular bills that damage our families and economy just to claim a partisan victory. "My emphasis is to preserve health care coverage regardless of what the Congress does", Gray said. They also can't use the process to filibuster a bill by speaking indefinitely.

"The solutions to health care for our country require more than one political party".

"It came down to people who didn't like "Obamacare" realizing this was going to take away their chances for coverage", said former Rep. Henry Waxman, a Los Angeles Democrat who helped write much of the 2010 overhaul under former President Barack Obama.

The authors found that in Medicaid expansion states, the number of low-income people who gained insurance coverage increased by 15 percentage points and the number of low-income people with access to a primary care provider increased by 7.7 percentage points.

She's also an economist who studies health care reform. "Super-excited", she said. The uncertain future of the cost-sharing subsidies is the main factor Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish cited Wednesday when telling investors the company may pull out of more state exchanges unless Washington takes step to stabilize the market. But they don't have a lot of time to do that.

Options already have grown thin. Right now, there are about 40 counties where there is no insurer, I think over a thousand counties where there's only one insurer.

Almost 40 percent of D.C. residents received Medicaid, and more than 11 percent were covered exclusively by the ACA Medicaid expansion in fiscal year 2016, according to a Street Sense analysis of a recent D.C. audit.

Dan Mendelson, president of the consulting firm Avalere, says there is some hope that the Trump administration could yet shore up the system.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement that "cutting taxes for middle class families and fixing our broken tax code" is at the top of his list when Congress returns from its August recess.

ROVNER: Well, I think the debate is really not dead.

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