Senators in both political parties say they’ve reached agreement on fixes to stabilize Obamacare just two weeks before Americans start signing up for 2018 coverage.
President Donald Trump insisted Monday that Democrats will be blamed for their “Obamacare mess,” despite executive actions he took last week to undercut the law, while also expressing confidence that there will be a “long-term fix” for the law by March or April.
Trump moved last week to cut off cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidy payments to insurers. The scrapped subsidies, which were worth $7 billion this year and were paid out in monthly installments, will likely jolt the already-fragile Obamacare insurance markets, but Trump denied any responsibility for what may happen to Obamacare or the millions of people impacted by his decision.
With efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act dead in Congress for now, a critical test for the law’s future is playing out in one small, conservative-leaning state.
Iowa is anxiously waiting for the Trump administration to rule on a requestthat is loaded with implications for the law’s survival. If approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, it would allow the state to jettison some of Obamacare’s main features next year – its federally run insurance marketplace, its system for providing subsidies, its focus on helping poorer people afford insurance and medical care – and could open the door for other states to do the same.
For the first time, rank-and-file Republicans are acknowledging Obamacare may never be repealed.
After multiple failures to repeal the law, the White House and many GOP lawmakers are publicly promising to try again in early 2018. But privately, both House and Senate Republicans acknowledge they may never be able to deliver on their seven-year vow to scrap the law, reports Politico.
Twenty states attribute ObamaCare premium increases next year to uncertainty caused by the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress, according to a new report released Thursday.
The report from pro-ObamaCare group Protect Our Care analyzed the 28 states where final, state-approved rates are public and found that 20 specifically cited uncertainty at the federal level for at least part of the reason for increases.
Insurers have pleaded with the Trump administration for more certainty over whether ObamaCare’s insurer subsidies will be paid but have yet to get it.
Obama administration health policy veterans launched a political advocacy campaign Wednesday dedicated to increasing Obamacare enrollment in the wake of steep cuts to to the program’s federal marketing budget.
The campaign, “Get America Covered,” is led by Lori Lodes and Joshua Peck, both of whom oversaw enrollment for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) during the Obama administration. The Obamacare advocates embarked on the campaign in an effort to revitalize enrollment marketing efforts in the wake of steep cuts to the advertising budget under the current HHS.
The problems created by ObamaCare will outlast the latest effort to repeal the bill. The GOP has not yet fulfilled its oft-repeated promise to repeal ObamaCare, and pundits are busy declaring that the GOP has failed for good. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Against all odds, Republicans keep coming up with worse and worse health-care plans.
To be fair, though, it’s not entirely clear that we should even really call them that. Each of them has been more like a plan to have a plan—or, it’s hard to tell, maybe a plan to have a plan to have a plan—than an actual one. Indeed, House Republicans passed a health-care bill that President Trump himself thought was “mean” out of the expectation that the Senate would make it better. It didn’t. Instead, the Senate came within a vote of approving a bill that one of its supporters Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called a “fraud” and a “disaster” in hopes that a conference committee with the House would yield something a little less “terrible.”