Trump Doesn't Need Congress to Ruin Insurance Coverage for Millions of People

Monday, 07 Aug, 2017

That's the last day for insurance companies to sign contracts to provide coverage on the individual market for 2018.

The Republican chairman of the Senate health committee, Tennessee's Lamar Alexander, says he'll seek bipartisan legislation extending for one year federal payments to insurers that help millions of low- and moderate-income Americans afford coverage. It is those subsidies to which Trump referred.

"What it's going to amount to is for (Senate Minority Leader Chuck) Schumer not to tell his people like (Democratic leaders) did on health care, "Don't work with the Republicans" because that just poisons the well, '" Grassley said. These issues must be addressed constructively - by President Donald Trump as well as Congress. "Though we celebrate this victory today, we must remember that our health care system is still at risk of being hijacked and turned into a "wealth care" system for the rich tomorrow". The organization then urged protection of health care "by any means necessary".

McConnell said Tuesday that Republicans plan to use the reconciliation process - allowing lawmakers to pass the measure using just a simple majority in the upper chamber - after receiving a letter from Democrats laying out their conditions for working on a bipartisan basis.

The debt limit increase is particularly nettlesome and many Republicans in Congress simply can't bring themselves to vote for it. In fact, Trump-induced uncertainty surrounding cost-sharing reduction payments is already forcing insurers to raise prices. Nine insurers - one fewer than this year and five fewer than in 2016 - want to participate in the Michigan Health Insurance Marketplace next year.

CSRs aren't the only area in which the Trump administration could create havoc in order to fulfill the president's promise of Obamacare's downfall.

But to see why some political scientists would call Trump ineffective, look at what's happening in Congress this week.

Democrats, the insurance industry and some Republicans say halting those subsidies would roil insurance markets and boost premiums for many consumers.

Still, after the past rocky months, Republicans are hoping against hope that with all the work ahead, relations with the White House will improve.

"We traditionally work together in finance", said Sen. But they are more partisan, more tribal more of the time than any other time I remember.

Politico reported that Trump will meet with his aides soon to decide whether to continue the payments or end them, a move that would destabilize the exchanges and cause insurers to rush for the exit door as quickly as they are able.

"His exhaustion and defeatism does not represent who we are as Utahns, so it's time that he no longer represents us in Washington", she said in a statement. It is considered the signature legislation of Obama's presidency, although both parties have acknowledged the law is flawed.

The three branches are the legislative (Congress), executive (president) and judicial (the Supreme Court and lower federal courts). Trump has continued the payments until now.

Obama's statute requires that insurers reduce costs for many customers.

New data from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) first reported by The Wall Street Journal show major insurers in Idaho, West Virginia, South Carolina, Iowa and Wyoming are requesting premium increases averaging about 30 percent.

Overall, Trump is not a figurehead in the sense of being a stand-in for someone else, so much as someone who does not seem to understand the requirements of being president, says George Edwards III, a professor of presidential studies at Texas A&M University.

But tax cuts, the only thing keeping Republicans' spirits up following health care's failure, will have to wait their turn.