Trump on tricky legal ground with Affordable Care Act threat

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 5, 2017

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"We want a bipartisan solution, we want them to send something back, we want to work", Barr said the University of Kentucky's Boone Center. They do not employ people nor do they build a regular office, although some rent small spaces if necessary.

I have dealt with health insurance as a salesman and a consumer both before and after the ACA.

"The case will continue regardless of what the administration can do", said Timothy Jost, an emeritus law professor at Washington and Lee University who closely follows health policy. Even now they claim "Obamacare" is collapsing when it is their own disarray, threats, and refusal to commit which is destabilizing insurance markets.

The next cost-sharing payments are due to be paid in a few weeks and the president has said he'll announce this week whether he'll pay the money or keep it in the Treasury. Who pays for it?

It illustrated how the uncertainty is contributing, along with rising medical costs, to higher premiums next year.

In an attempt to resolve the contradiction between public health care needs and conservative ideology, Republicans have put forth plans that every major health care stakeholder finds completely unworkable and leaves huge numbers of Americans without humane health care.

Senate Democrats - all 48 of them - were joined in opposition by three Republicans - Maine's Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Arizona's John McCain.

Ask Walt Rowen, whose business is etching glass but whose experience managing century-old, family-owned Susquehanna Glass makes him something of an expert on health care.

McPeak said she would like to see states have more flexibility to deal with high-risk populations of patients than is now permitted under the Affordable Care Act. It's not because some people are addicted to "big government", it's because you can't cover pre-existing conditions without such a mandate.

Consequently, despite having a majority in the House and Senate, holding the White House and five votes on the Supreme Court the Republican party can not pass health care legislation nor repeal the ACA.

Democrats relish the Republicans' inability to pass even a pathetic alternative to Obamacare. The problem is too many insurers have abandoned the ACA marketplaces.

Julie McPeak, the president-elect of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and Tennessee's insurance commissioner, told reporters Wednesday that insurance companies would likely balk at locking in rates for 2018 if they are unsure whether they'll receive CSR payments that year. How can we live in the richest country in the world and not care about everyone's health? And poll after poll shows that the great majority of those covered by Medicare are happy with their coverage. That could create some particularly troublesome problems for insurers who have no idea how to structure or price individual insurance policies while awaiting state-level decisions on regulations, coverage, and financing.

"Concern for the human person is our beginning and end point", said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla., chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, who has issued multiple statements on health care legislation in the past several weeks.

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