'There is no such thing as ObamaCare anymore'

Wednesday, 18 Oct, 2017

This is to stabilize and support current health care.

Trump said his goal was to make healthcare more affordable and "that's what we are doing" by encouraging a bipartisan short-term fix followed by a Republican-only long-term program to be enacted during the first part of next year. "Those insurers that have built in [the end of the funding] are totally fine". The statute also says that the federal government "shall make periodic and timely payments" to insurers "equal to the value" of cost-sharing reductions.

Carriers are levying the rate hikes in different ways.

Combined, the association health care plans and the renunciation of cost-sharing payments underscore Mr. Trump's frustration with Congress, which has failed to confront all the problems that have arisen with Obamacare over the years. Indeed, without these subsidies, insurers will have to charge significantly more for silver plans.

"While the federal government has cut the 2018 open enrollment period in half, NY looks to build on its success and is exercising its authority to extend the deadline", said a statement from the NYS Department of Health. On Monday, Trump said he was forcing both parties to come to the table. For these plans, the out-of-pocket costs paid by the enrollee are discounted based on their given income level. "Our premiums for 2018 anticipated this action and were increased previously to account for it". Susan M. Collins, Maine Republican, called Mr. Trump's decision disruptive.

Trump and some Republicans consider the payments to be bailouts to carriers. Others may try to exercise a clause in their contracts that allows them to drop out if the subsidy funding disappears. As Darien Shanske, a law professor at University of California at Davis, has suggested, states could raise funds by issuing tax-exempt "Obamacare bonds", repaying the bondholders when litigation with the federal government is resolved.

A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis from April found that among the more than 12 million people who selected a 2017 Obamacare marketplace health insurance plan, more than 7 million are receiving cost-sharing reductions.

This past weekend at the Values Voter Summit, Steve Bannon, a former advisor, staff member of Donald Trump, current propaganda peddler, I guess, at Breitbart, chose to tell the audience exactly why Donald Trump made a decision to basically destroy Obamacare from the inside. This comes to more than $1 billion, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. But Trump had consistently threatened to end the payments, which are worth an estimated $7 billion this year.

The skyrocketing premiums will also hit taxpayers.

With GOP efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, dominating the conversation in Washington, D.C., it's easy to miss that it's still the law of the land. It will also create a new competitive market for all those insurers who left the Obamacare exchanges to compete for the best short-term plans. Premium subsidies are advanced refundable tax credits.

Association plans are a boon for those struggling with high-cost plans, though analysts say it could sap those customers - and their high premiums - from existing markets, leaving the sick and elderly to pay more because their costs are no longer subsidized by the healthy. In Idaho, for instance, silver plan premiums will jump an average of 44%, but bronze plans are only going up 8% and gold plans 9%, on average. Plans re available on the exchanges in every county. For these households, the consequences of Trump's decision may be contained.

"So what happens now?"

Daniel Hemel is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School.

Insurers and state officials could sue the Trump administration for ending the payments.

Schneiderman announced a new multistate lawsuit filed by 19 Attorneys General to defend the health care subsidies on which thousands of New Yorkers and millions of Americans rely.

The trouble is that Congress refused to appropriate funds for those payments. A district court judge a year ago ruled in favor of the House, but stayed her decision. However, by the time the pinch of Obamacare became really evident and people began using these plans in large numbers, Obama's HHS limited them to three months and made them non-renewable, essentially gutting most of these plans. "Obamacare has proven itself to be a fatally flawed law, and the House will continue to work with the Trump administration to provide the American people a better system".

President Trump holds up an executive order he signed October 12 allowing insurance companies to create cheaper plans. They are allowed at the state level in some states, but can not now operate across state lines. However, critics have already asserted that the executive order will have the opposite effect.

President Donald Trump arrives to speak with the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, in the Rose Garden at the White House on Monday. How do you think this will affect your health care coverage?