President Trump has taken direct aim in his attempt to dismantle and disrupt Obamacare. The President has taken two actions that could mortally wound the Affordable Care Act.
The first tasks his administration with increasing competition among insurers that would drive younger, healthier enrollees to leave their current comprehensive plans and coax them to join plans offering less mandated coverage. Trump’s executive order directs federal agencies to change regulations to allow insurers to sell policies that exclude people with pre-existing conditions and have skimpier benefits than insurance governed by the Affordable Care Act.
The second arrow fired at the Affordable Health Care Act would stop the federal subsidies being paid to insurance to incentivize companies to cover lower-income Americans. Trump claims that Congress did not specifically appropriate the funds. Democrats maintain the subsidies are needed to stabilize the marketplace.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies are required to reduce this cost-sharing. The federal government is supposed to reimburse them for the cost, and it has since exchange plans went live in January 2014. Nearly 6-million people could be adversely affected.
Our Note: Dysfunctional. That’s the best word to describe Congress and the President’s attempt to pass legislation that benefits as many Americans as possible. Moderate factions of both parties need to discover their intestinal fortitude and remember that they were elected to represent their constituents, not party apparatus. Unfortunately, partisanship is now ubiquitous and disrupting “common sense” conversations that could lead to tangible and meaningful legislation. Last we checked, “common sense” was about to be listed on the extinct species list.
Source: Gary R’nel
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