In the next few days and weeks we’ll see the first wave of reactions from health plans – and unsubsidized Affordable Care Act exchange shoppers, because of premium increases – to President Trump’s decision to cut off immediately the cost-sharing subsidies to health plans participating in the exchanges.
The Trump administration dealt a one-two punch to the Affordable Care Act on Thursday. Trump’s executive order would give Americans the option of buying lower-cost health insurance, but also could usher back the bare-bones insurance options that the Affordable Care Act was designed to eliminate.
In addition, Trump directed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to end the cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs) to health insurers required under the ACA effective immediately. The payments always have been controversial, and the Trump administration, in justifying its action, noted that House Republicans earlier successfully challenged them in court. Continue reading
While the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to finally “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, the story is far from over. (By the way, this bill actually doesn’t repeal anything.)
The measure got through the House with a 217-213 vote, as all voting Democrats and 20 mostly moderate Republican holdouts voted no.
The bill goes to the Senate, where legislators are already saying changes will be necessary – changes will mean that both houses will need to resolve differences before the bill heads to President Trump’s desk. Continue reading
Many people who gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act voted for Donald Trump, even though he promised to get rid of it and has not been crystal clear about what he would put in its place.
Sarah Kliff of Vox traveled to Whitley County in Kentucky to find out why. In that county, the uninsured rate dropped by 60 percent (from 25 percent in 2013 to 10 percent now, according to Enroll America). Yet, 82 percent of them voted for Trump. Continue reading
A few quick thoughts on health reform and the election — we’ll be coming back to this, of course, as we learn more (and get more sleep!)
Republicans can’t just repeal the entire Affordable Care Act. Democrats will still have enough votes to filibuster – and they will.
That doesn’t mean President-elect Trump and the GOP majority can’t unravel a great deal of the law. They can – and that’s one reason Families USA and other advocacy groups went into emergency mode to figure out how to defend it. Continue reading