Trump considers provocative new hostage strategy on health care

The legislation would, however, abolish the employer and individual mandates, replace health insurance subsidies with tax credits, boost health savings accounts and provide relief from ACA tax changes.

A Trump administration official said that while the lawsuit is being litigated, the cost-sharing subsidies would be funded.

He makes the statement that we are concerned about the high price of medication (true) but the only way I know to control these costs reliably is a single-payer system where the system has the power to negotiate costs with the pharmas.

“I dont think Trump wants to meddle with Medicare or Social Security, ” White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said in January.

In other words, when the president says he doesn't "want people to get hurt", he means he will start hurting people by sabotaging the American health care system unless Democrats take steps to satisfy his demands. This provision was even included in the short lived American Care Act. "This is not leadership".

Now with Congress on recess, voters are asking "whats next?"

It was a major campaign promise - repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Cara Kelly, a vice president at consulting firm Avalere Health, agreed.

The AHCA, on the other hand, would have levied a 30% surcharge for one year on those applying for insurance who had failed to maintain continuous coverage. "Losing health plans from the exchanges is still a risk for 2018".

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But wait, consumer groups and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners warned in their comment letters: There might be legitimate reasons people stop paying premiums - billing errors that are not the fault of the consumer, for example, or the loss of a job. Those who receive the most generous financial help could expect to be on the hook for $1,700 more if plans next year passed on those costs to consumers. Scrapping that plan weakens the requirement that everyone have health coverage. It could also raise out-of-pocket medical expenses because it gives insurers more flexibility in determining the value of their coverage. And 77 percent can find plans for $100 a month or less. But insurers have raised prices sharply or abandoned markets in many regions, leaving some customers with little choice.

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More than 750,000 people have gained health coverage in Washington state because of the ACA, mostly from an expansion of Medicaid, a government health care program for low income people. If you're going to force insurers to cover sick people, then you have to force healthy people to sign up too so that premiums don't explode.

Another recent attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, met with failure as the American Health Care Act of 2017 never got wings.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order in late January allowing agencies to "waive, defer, grant exemptions from or delay" ACA rules. They shorten the enrollment period to a month and a half, from three months, and require people to prove that they're eligible for special enrollment periods.

The rules would also allow lower minimum coverage requirements for marketplace policies. These programs are created to lower premium costs without sacrificing the quality of payer coverage. Silver plans, now covering at least 70 percent of costs, could cover 66 to 72 percent next year.

A Kaiser Family Foundation study found that if the payments were halted, states with federally run exchanges would see premiums for a benchmark insurance plan rise by 19 percent, on average - with the increases steeper in states that did not expand Medicaid.

"We intend to conduct outreach to consumers to ensure that they are aware of the newly shortened open enrollment period", according to the document. Providing healthcare for more than 325-million people in a way that works for everyone is complex. The government pays about three-quarters of the cost of the premium, and workers pay the rest.

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