What the new administration could do with ObamaCare

Josh Kim
November 25, 2016

Both President-elect Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act during 2017. "But what I've wanted to do is not have rate shock where we suppress rates for political reasons and then watch them bounce way back up high, and I think that has happened in some of these states".

As it stands, the Obama administration is appealing a lower-court ruling that sided with House Republicans who argue the government is unlawfully reimbursing insurers who assist low-income customers with their out-of-pocket costs under Obamacare.

Trump says his plan will retain this provision.

GOP officials express confidence that plans they have developed in recent years, including a 37-page blueprint that House Republicans released this summer, give them a strong foundation for enacting replacement. Or should the law remain in place?

State insurance commissioner Nick Gerhart recently published on online opinion piece in which he warns lawmakers that an immediate repeal could lead to "devastating consequences" and "even more uncertainty" for the millions of people who have purchased health insurance through the law.

President-elect Donald Trump takes office January 20, 2017.

Only the future will tell if Obamacare will actually be replaced or reformed.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., a physician, has predicted that a full repeal could take two years. NBC's Chris Pollone reports. But Vice President-elect Mike Pence said the new administration will focus on a repeal "right out of the gate". Bill-killing filibusters require 60 votes to end.

"Regardless of whether the ACA's contraceptive coverage mandate is repealed, women in this state will continue to benefit from generous access to a broad variety of measures to prevent pregnancy for a modest co-payment through the state's health plans and pursuant to state law", Murphy said in a statement.

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If insurers walk away, millions of consumers would be forced to switch plans or pay big premium hikes, reprising the kind of turmoil that occurred in 2013, but potentially on a larger scale.

President Barack Obama welcomed President-elect Donald Trump to the White House Thursday for a private meeting in the Oval Office.

Such a scenario is unlikely because it would disrupt coverage for millions of consumers, she said.

Health insurance premiums for individuals in Alaska have been soaring nearly 40% a year, in large part because the cost of covering fewer than 500 residents who are among the sickest in the state, according to one state analysis. The uncertainty makes it hard to know what may come of Iowans' health care plans. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) Under another key provision of Obamacare, patients with pre-existing conditions - that is, chronic illnesses or injuries - may not be denied health coverage by insurance companies.

Unifying Republicans much beyond that is a work in progress. In 2014, health care spending went up by 4.8 percent.

The effects of these policy changes are evident in the historically high health insurance coverage shown in this analysis-particularly among working-aged adults. "We are all on one team".

"It's an important procedural first step they have to do if they're going to go through with this", said the Brookings Institute's Molly Reynolds. "We are Americans first".

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has also advanced a framework relying heavily on tax credits. Curtailing that program will divide Republicans. He says companies should ask their employees the following.

Many people who wanted to keep their insurance prior to Obamacare were forced to make changes to comply with the coverage minimums of the new law. The RAND Corp. finds that, examined individually, they would reduce coverage.

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