What's the plan? GOP not talking


What's the plan? GOP not talking

Despite the secrecy, reports in Politico, the Wall Street Journal and other outlets have provided a pretty clear picture of what Republicans have in mind.

Yes, most likely but it is dependent on what the replacement coverage looks like. But what will happen to the people living with cancer if their health care coverage is taken away? A partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act could strip up to 13 million children of health care coverage.

Of course, the Affordable Care Act has also imposed costs. But you can't throw out the requirement for everyone to buy coverage and keep robust protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

American health care is at a crossroads. President Trump has yet to reveal what exactly he intends to replace it with. This is what health policy experts call a "death spiral", and it's not a workable business model for insurance companies or a viable option for consumers.

"Gay and bisexual men who have sex with other men only make up two percent of the U.S. population, but they actually make up 56 percent of people that are living with HIV in the U.S.", Amy Loudermilk, Associate Director of Government Affairs at the Trevor Project, tells Bustle. But the essential questions facing Republicans remain simple. Furthermore, the cost to Kansas pales in comparison to the benefit of additional federal money that would come into the state - money that Kansans already pay in the form of taxes that now are being spent on the benefits of people in other states. "New people coming into CMS and FDA will hopefully be able to embrace changes". This compassionate approach, however, has made healthcare more expensive, which upsets millions of people.

Premiums continue to rise: The 2017 average premium increase for the benchmark HealthCare.gov plan across participating States is rising 25 percent on average in 2017. The near-certain result, as multiple analyses have indicated, would be millions of newly uninsured.

Right now, even younger, generally healthier people are required to buy into the insurance pool, which helps to offset the higher care needs typical of older and/or sicker adults.

Another big focus of Republican efforts would be Medicaid.

Medicaid, the federal-state program that now covers more than 70 million low-income people, would cease to be an open-ended federal entitlement. To them, meaningful health care reform can only come with significant regulatory relief, more state flexibility and greater patient choices. You can see the most popular features participants have wanted to include in "America's Bill" as it is updated in real time. For example, only people who planned to have babies would select maternity benefits, and insurers who offered that benefit would leave themselves open to routine childbirth costs and potentially catastrophic expenses for complicated deliveries.

As a new briefing paper from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities notes, this could easily end up cutting into care for the disabled and the elderly, who frequently depend on Medicaid to pay for nursing home care and the services that Medicare does not. The cost of health care would be shifted to individual workers.

Because of the Affordable Care Act, it would now be illegal for Eads' and Kallio's doctors to refuse to treat them.

There is no argument that the Affordable Care Act has flaws. And a lot of them realize there is no easy fix, no matter what course is pursued.



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