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Political whims should not decide health care

30 Julio 2017, 10:02 | Bibiana Flor

In an article in Health Affairs, the authors examined national survey data of US adults ages 18-64, collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to determine the impact of the ACA on socioeconomic disparities in insurance coverage.

Anthem Inc, Cigna Corp, Health Care Service Corp and Molina Healthcare, four of the biggest health insurers selling Obamacare plans, said they are weighing whether to pull out of more markets for 2018 rather than face financial losses. "We stand ready to work on commonsense, bipartisan improvements to our healthcare system, joining our colleagues across the aisle".

North Jersey residents share their thoughts following the attempted appeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Later July 25, the Senate rejected a revised version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act in a 57-43 vote with nine Republicans voting against it.

Health care should be about what is best for the American people, but instead the focus seemed to be on repealing Obamacare simply to satisfy a campaign promise, offering cheap policies that will cover next to nothing and cutting back on health care for the poor. Voting 235 for and 192 against, the House on July 27 approved a package of four appropriations bills for fiscal 2018 (HR 3219) totaling almost $800 billion, including $1.6 billion for construction of President Trump's proposed U.S. -Mexico border wall; $584.2 billion for basic military operations; $73.9 billion for operations in war zones; $88.8 billion for veterans' programs and military construction; $37.6 billion for water projects and Department of Energy operations and $3.6 billion for running the legislative branch other than the Senate. "Inaction will result in harm for too many people".

"Tonight, the message sent by the American people was vindicated: Republicans must no longer play politics with people's lives".

Sister Keehan agrees the G.O.P. failure could be a pivot point on further progress toward the universal coverage in the United States that most other industrialized nations have taken for granted for decades. "We urge Congress to initiate a bipartisan effort to address shortcomings in the Affordable Care Act".

"We're in the same place, in kind of a wait-and-see mode", he said.

JOHN MCCAIN: When we passed Obamacare in 2009, it split us. What we tried to accomplish for the American people was the right thing for the country.

That's because - like the Senate plan - the states generally kept popular parts of their laws, including protections for people with preexisting conditions. Looking to the long-term, a combination of buy-ins and expansion could make Medicaid the vehicle to universal health care that many on the left see in Medicare.

President Donald Trump tweeted that three Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. "Watch!" It was not the first time that he has suggested that his administration would remain on the sidelines as insurance markets remained vulnerable around the country.

Timothy Jost, a health reform expert and emeritus law professor from Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Va., thinks the most likely path for the administration to keep making the payments, but that Trump will continue to threaten to stop.

Sister Keehan was hopeful that would not be the case.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said she has faith in Alexander's ability to get complex legislation done. "Does it need work?"

Second, how much funding will be cut from Medicaid, and who will those cuts hurt?

Community Health Options CEO Kevin Lewis, whose company serves about 33,000 on Maine's ACA exchange, would also like to see Congress fix the ACA's affordability problems for those who don't get subsidies, or get relatively small subsidies.

Anyone who has interacted with the American health-care system knows that it is extremely complex and even something as trivial as deciphering a health-care bill can be an arduous and complicated task.



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