Lobbying by hospitals, doctors, slows GOP health care drive

Posted May 04, 2017

There are now about 31 million people insured through the small-group and individual markets, about half of whom likely have at least one pre-existing health condition.

Notice how the language dances around the issue; it tries to convince the reader that the rest of the bill doesn't exist by presenting an unsupported, overarching narrative. I would argue that buying health insurance should be done with the same assurance of safety and effectiveness as is the case in buying an airline ticket - given that both involve services and devices that are far too complicated for the average consumer to understand.

This woman's situation is not unique. Health care groups such as the American Medical Association have voiced concern about the effectiveness about high-risk pools and have estimated that the MacArthur amendment could result in Americans with pre-existing being unable to afford coverage, according to PolitiFact. Health care ranked ahead of lawyers, labor, and agribusiness.

Medicaid paid for almost $4 billion in school-based health care services in 2015, according to the center's analysis. But Cioppa says Maine's invisible high-risk pool did keep costs down in the individual market.

Despite affecting as many 7 million people, cost-sharing reduction subsidies are often-ignored components of the Affordable Care Act. The individual mandate is not serving its intended objective and should be repealed.

Tomorrow, the House will vote on the Republican "replace and repeal" plan for the Affordable Care Act, which they call the American Health Care Act. The ACA requires that insurance companies offer discounts to eligible low-income enrollees; in 2018 the government is projected to spend $10 billion funding annual CSR subsidies paid to the insurers. Insurance is meant to be a safeguard against those types of situations - if that's not how it functions, what's the point in having it in the first place?

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Though the proposed legislation does not remove the ACA's ban on discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, it does, however, allow states to apply for "limited waivers" set to undermine the ACA's protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

Provide states with resources to develop tools to stabilize their insurance markets and create systems to serve their unique populations: the last seven years have shown us that a federally-run health care system does not work.

The idea behind the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is to put one and all, old, young, sick and healthy into the same insurance pool. The AHCA developed a State Innovation Fund that would provide states with federal resources to develop things like high-risk pools and reinsurance programs. Instead, the proposal allows insurance companies to charge those patients exorbitant prices for bare-bones plans. We should make it easier to use these tools by raising the caps on HSA and FSA contributions, as well as allow spouses to make "catch-up" contributions to the same HSAs.

At the start of the year, Marilyn Tavenner, president and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans, wrote a blog post calling for the repeal of the tax, and insurance company leaders have raised it in recent earnings calls, even attributing a delay in the tax this year as contributing to better-than-expected growth. After that failure, they could have worked with Democrats on a bipartisan bill to improve the law. Well, joining us to talk about what exactly the bill would do is NPR health policy correspondent Alison Kodjak.

"I don't understand why it would be a good idea to, on the one hand, say, 'Well, we're anxious about pre-existing conditions, so we're going to throw not enough money at a problem we're creating".