Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jose Becker

Move over 'Obamacare,' Trump plan is now the focus

Move over 'Obamacare,' Trump plan is now the focus

Notably, the rate of uninsured persons in the United States began to drop after the ACA came into effect in 2010 and as the economy began to improve after the financial crisis of 2008.

Although ditching Obamacare would end the requirement for large employers to offer health insurance, most companies would keep their plans as a way to attract workers, analysts say. In the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, only the individual mandate is clearly rejected by them - but Americans in general don't like that part of the Affordable Care Act.

Highlighting the stakes, the uninsured rate among USA adults rose slightly in the first three months of this year, according to Monday's update of a major ongoing survey. "That will scare people off who have real reason to believe that the ACA won't even exist in a year". Hospital stocks are also expected to benefit from the Trump administration's failure to repeal Obamacare, given the pressure that uninsured individuals tend to put on hospitals' margins. In a Washington Post interview shortly before his inauguration he declared his goal was "insurance for everybody", hand-in-hand with affordable coverage, "lower numbers, much lower deductibles".

"This guy can hang onto his F plan forever", said Bonnie Burns, a training and policy specialist at California Health Advocates, a Medicare advocacy and education group."All Medigaps are guaranteed renewable as long as the premiums are paid", she said.

Heritage Action this week sent out a fact sheet, citing the Better Way plan, titled "House Republicans Campaigned on Repealing Obamacare's Community Rating Provision".

Two influential Republicans - Representatives Tom Cole of Oklahoma, the chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee responsible for health spending, and Greg Walden of OR, the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee - said Congress should appropriate money for the cost-sharing subsidies. Now that the ACA will continue to be the law of the land, we hope Congress can move on to other legislation that will support the success of small businesses. But if one thought those were rapid changes, this year has shown that we may get whiplash from proposed further changes. About 6 in 10 people disapprove of how the president has handled the issue. Gallup, for example, found "Obamacare" gained majority approval for the first time.

Democrats are opposed to repealing the ACA and instead have tried to convince Republicans to work toward fixing problems associated with the law.

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Nonetheless, there's recent evidence that Republicans differ among themselves about what "repeal" may mean.

Preserving the subsidies, which limit out-of-pocket costs for lower-income consumers, "is essential", said Kevin Lewis, CEO of Community Health Options, a nonprofit ME insurer.

Once you're divorced, it's unlikely you'll be able to remain covered as a dependent on your ex-wife's plan, said J.D. Piro, who leads the health and law group at benefits consultant Aon.

Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll, said, "You have to figure a lot of people who voted for Trump are on Obamacare".

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