August 18, 2017

What's Next: Health Care 'Vote-a-Rama' and the End Game

29 July 2017, 06:56 | Dan Bryan


Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch Mc Connell speaks after a weekly meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill

It's widely believed that repealing the ACA's individual mandate while leaving the most of the law in place - as the "skinny repeal" bill would do - would result in a so-called "death spiral", in which health care premiums would skyrocket. Or the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act, which would effectively repeal the ACA, but not replace it? It would end federal penalties for people who violate the current law's requirement that most Americans carry health insurance and for employers with 50 or more workers who do not offer health benefits.

Schumer suggested the two sides could find consensus on measures aimed at shoring up Obamacare, saying, "Nobody has said Obamacare is ideal". Collins also made commitments. For President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, it's still complicated. But a vote for Senator McConnell's "skinny repeal" bill is a vote to quash such a process - indeed, to move further away from it. Republicans and Democrats must work together if this government is to take the leadership role it was created to take.

"When one pulled out, the others followed", said current Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, who was then a regional director in the federal department of Health and Human Services.

Joseph R. Antos, a health policy specialist at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said he doesn't see much likelihood of changes beyond well-established political and financial boundaries.

A single-payer, Medicare-like system is the most compassionate, cost-effective and efficient way to ensure Americans receive medical treatment.

Speaking to a audience of law enforcement officers on Long Island, N.Y., President Trump said, "They should have approved health care last night, but you can't have everything, boy oh boy". Whether repeal-and-replace, repeal-and-delay, or a "skinny repeal" - every attempt would utterly erode access to care for people who need it most and could increase the number of people without insurance by 32 million, including over 1 million LGBTQ people. In its letter to Senate leaders Thursday, AHIP also warned that "the mid-August deadline for finalizing 2018 premiums is rapidly approaching, yet significant uncertainties remain". Block grants would provide states with a set amount of money to distribute to individuals.

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By the late 1990s, states such as Washington, Kentucky and MA felt a backlash when some of the coverage requirement rules they'd previously put on the individual market were lifted.

The state's individual market was volatile and hard for years after. This includes some 2 million who would lose employment-based coverage, 6 million fewer buying insurance from the insurance exchange marketplace, and 7 million fewer covered by Medicaid.

Insurers are on the hook for these subsidies, which are given to eligible Affordable Care Act enrollees, regardless of whether the federal government reimburses them.

Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center, hailed the defeat of the bill and echoed McCain's call for a return to regular order on healthcare overhaul efforts. It is clear that McConnell does not much care which of these proposals the Senate passes; for whatever reason - pride, White House pressure, sheer cussedness - he just wants to get a bill out of the Senate.

But the vote disappointed National Retail Federation, which said the ACA adversely influences staffing patterns, discourages full-time employment and drives up consumer prices.

Efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act narrowly advanced in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, as Republicans barely mustered enough votes to open debate on the deeply controversial legislation.

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