Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

After Obamacare: Thousands Of Jobs Hinge On Affordable Care Act Decisions

Town hall meeting will focus on possible repeal of Affordable Care Act Obamacare rollback could cost states billions, leave millions uninsured
Garry Little | 04 March, 2017, 00:55

That means the health insurance company has been able to earn a modest profit — roughly 1 percent in the first couple years of Obamacare. This provision was upheld by the Supreme Court in June 2012.

Without the CBO analysis, lawmakers would be voting on the measure without estimates of how much the legislation would cost or how many people could lose or gain insurance coverage. "Cost has gone up, access has gone down, it's just gotten more hard".

While Congress' repeal of Obamacare may occur quickly, it is believed any replacement would be phased in by Republicans over the next few years in the hopes of not disrupting individual coverage. And, for those people, there never will be a good time to expand Medicaid, because it's never been about what is right or sensible; it's been a purely political entrenchment based on little more than a severe distaste for all things related to former President Barack Obama.

Although nothing has been finalized yet, some of the suggested entitlement revisions for Medicare are the very provisions that President Trump plans to repeal from the ACA.

I know, I know. if I couldn't afford insurance why didn't I apply for the subsidized plans?

Even consumers who get health insurance through their employers are getting hit with higher costs.

Will those with a subsidy to buy insurance through Obamacare have to pay the full cost if the program is repealed?

Pugel said Medicaid expansion payments more than made up for the loss of what are known as disproportionate share hospital payments - the other method by which hospitals were reimbursed for charity care. Republicans talk about how while Democrats want universal coverage, what they want is universal access to coverage.

How many Wisconsin residents with Obamacare are subsidized?

During the town hall, guest speakers such as Cindy Zeldin, Executive Director for Georgians for a Healthy Future, will outline how cutting Medicaid and Medicare affect elderly citizens. 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. Opponents say taxes would go up for everyone regardless of how much they use health care and that there would be less choice and less efficiency in a government-run system. The trouble, as Trump acknowledged this week, is that health care is incredibly complex. But if the age is increased to 67, then workers will need to continue to stay employed longer in order to guarantee their health benefits. Individuals would be able to use the credit to purchase any state-approved health insurance plan, including certain catastrophic plans that are now not eligible for the subsidies received under the ACA, and to pay for "unsubsidized" Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act premiums.

"Instead, the President adopted the cynical language embraced by (Health and Human Services Secretary) Tom Price in his confirmation hearing that people with pre-existing health conditions should 'have access to coverage'". He is also expected to discuss his plans for border security, job creation, and other campaign promises during the nationally televised address.

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