Gop May Delay Obamacare Replacement for Years

Republicans are about to play a game of chicken with 20 million Americans’ healthcare.

GOP lawmakers are planning to repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, in 2017 but delay the the rollback by up to three years to draft a replacement plan, according to Politico.

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If Republicans Repeal Obamacare, Ryan Has Replacement Blueprint

Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are vowing to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the signature health care overhaul of President Obama.

Trump has offered a few ideas of where he’d like to see a health care overhaul go, such as a greater reliance on health savings accounts, but he hasn’t provided a detailed proposal.

The absence of specifics on health care from the president-elect makes the 37-page plan that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has released the fullest outline of what Republicans would like to replace Obamacare. Some health policy analysts say it looks a bit like Obamacare light.

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Entrepreneurs to Trump: Don’t Take Away Our Obamacare

Donald Trump may cast Obamacare as a job killer. But some entrepreneurs say they couldn’t have started their businesses without it.

Obamacare has freed them from depending on employers for health insurance. Instead, they told CNNMoney they can pursue their own American Dreams and work for themselves while getting coverage through the exchanges.

The President-elect’s promise to repeal Obamacare next year has left these small business owners fearful that they will have to dismantle everything they’ve worked for and return to the corporate sector just to remain insured.

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Why Keeping Only the Popular Parts of Obamacare Won’t Work

Before Obamacare, it could be hard to buy your own insurance if you’d already had a health problem like cancer. An insurance company might have decided not to sell any insurance to someone like you. It might have agreed to cover you, but not cover cancer care. Or it might have offered you a comprehensive policy, but at some incredibly high price that you could never have paid.

Donald J. Trump says he wants to do away with much of Obamacare, but he has signaled that parts of the law that banned those practices are good policy he’d want to keep. “I like those very much,” he told The Wall Street Journal last week about the law’s rules that prevent discrimination based on pre-existing conditions.

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Insurers Brace for Obamacare Upheaval

President-elect Donald Trump says he wants to repeal ObamaCare but keep the protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Achieving that will be easier said than done.

Insurance companies warn that requiring them to cover anyone, regardless of their health status, could have disastrous consequences if not paired with the right policies.

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Inquirer Editorial: Trump Also Should Change His Mind About Killing Obamacare

Now that the election is over, Trump doesn’t owe anything to Republican Obamacare detractors like Sen. Pat Toomey, who either turned their backs on his campaign or were afraid to say they would vote for him. Trump has offered no viable alternative to Obamacare because he has none. The best thing he could do for America is fix the ACA.

Toomey told the Inquirer Editorial Board when he sought its endorsement that Obamacare is too flawed to fix and must be killed. But that’s not true. Not even the U.S. Constitution was perfect as originally written, which is why it has been amended 27 times. The ACA’s flaws are identifiable and solvable. In fact, its most serious problems require only that Republicans stop insisting on throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

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Donald Trump’s Win Signals the End of Obamacare as We Know It

Donald Trump promised that one of the first things he will do as president is to repeal Obamacare.

Now, analysts and health-care industry officials are taking stock of how the reality of abolishing the Affordable Care Act could play out in Washington under a Republican White House and Congress.

It wouldn’t take much for Congress and a Trump administration to overturn the ACA, said Leerink analyst Ana Gupte.

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A Personal Tale of ObamaCare Woe: One Patient’s Story

A patient, I’ll call him John, is the kind of working class American that ObamaCare’s architects say that they fashioned their law to help.

ObamaCare’s political disciples are dismissive of the tales of woe that ObamaCare has left in its wake, pointing instead to statistics on the reduced rate of uninsured.

But the rising rate of insured Americans is a phenomenon mostly driven by the massive expansion of Medicaid. Only about half of the people covered by ObamaCare previously lacked health insurance. The rest are folks who had coverage at work or in the individual market, and were forcibly transitioned onto the exchanges.

By comparison, the travails of John, who manages a small retail business, is far more emblematic of the myriad ways that ObamaCare has wrought havoc on the lower-middle-class, working Americans that the law was ostensibly meant to help.

Read more at Forbes

 

The Impact of Obamacare, in Four Maps

Three years into the Affordable Care Act, there remain places where many people still lack health insurance. But their share keeps shrinking.

The share of people without health insurance keeps falling.

Since 2013, when the major provisions of Obamacare went into effect, the uninsured rate has fallen in every state. And some states that you might not expect have led the way.

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Transcript [Excerpt] – From the NBR Broadcast of Weds. Oct. 25, 2016. [Source: CNBC; PBS]

It is open enrollment season, the time of year when people can make changes to their benefits and health coverage. But as we reported last night, those who get their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, are in for some sticker shock. Average premiums are rising sharply.

And as Bertha Coombs reports, that’s raising a lot of questions about the program.

BERTHA COOMBS, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: Consumer shopping for Affordable Care Act will see premium increases that average about 25 percent for next year, according to the Health and Human Services Department. And nearly half a dozen states where consumers are now down to just one insurance choice, that increase could be even steeper.

In Arizona, where nearly all but one has just one insurer, rates will more than double for those who are buying without subsidies. It’s the result of insurers scaling back on exchange participation because of steep losses.

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