Despite President Trump’s insistence that ‘Obamacare is imploding,’ it was announced, Thursday, that 8.8 million people signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s federal marketplace, a number not much lower than the last open enrollment period. The high enrollment has prompted Obamacare supporters to highlight the act’s staying power despite Republican replacement efforts.
The Trump Administration continued healthcare reform, Tuesday, proposing to allow health insurance companies to offer more policies with fewer benefits that can reject customers with preexisting health conditions. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the plans do not meet legal requirements of the Affordable Care Act but allow consumers to find cheaper coverage.
Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan Chase announced their plain, Tuesday, to unite and create an independent company to control healthcare costs for their United States employees. It is unclear how extensively the company will overhaul employees’ health coverage, but the move is a sign of the frustration of American businesses with the healthcare system.
Trump administration announced, Thursday, the creation of a new civil rights division within the Department of Health and Human Services, to protect healthcare workers who refuse to provide services to patients based on their moral or religious beliefs. The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division is welcomed by conservative religious groups, while critics warn of discrimination possibilities.
After eighteen state attorneys general argued ceasing monthly payments under Obamacare will negatively affect consumers, United States District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled that President Trump’s administration had the ‘stronger legal argument,’ suggesting if states are worried about consumer confusion with ended payments, they should change their presentation to highlight existence of ‘better health coverage options.’
Amongst President Donald Trump’s attempts to end the Affordable Care Act, two senators, Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican, and Patty Murray, Washington Democrat, proposed a deal to fund vital subsidies. The suggested plan would pay subsidies, enabling millions of lower-income citizens to afford coverage, for the next two years, which Senator Alexander claims, ‘avoids chaos.’
On Tuesday, the Republican dream of repealing the Affordable Care Act died lacking the votes to pass the bill. President Trump hopes that Obamacare will fail and the Democrats will eventually come to him and ask for help. The Republicans in the Senate are now discussing a plan to repeal Obamacare without a replacement.
The Senate healthcare bill will be delayed due health issues that make Republican Senator John McCain unable to attend the bill hearing. Without McCain, the Senate Republicans will not have the votes they need to take up or pass their bill in office. It is unknown how long the delay will be.
The Congressional Budget Office said on Monday that the projected Senate Republicans’ bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, ACA, would leave an estimated 22 million additional Americans without health insurance in the coming decade, it would also cut federal spending by $321 billion by 2026. The White House made a statement saying “The CBO has consistently proven it cannot accurately predict how healthcare legislation will impact insurance coverage,” the Trump administration believes the CBO to be untrustworthy pointing out their analysis of the 2010 ACA was extremely flawed.
The repeal of an important aspect of the Affordable Care Act was included in Senate Republican’s tax bill, Tuesday. The repeal targets the individual mandate requiring people buy health insurance or pay penalties. This move allows Republicans to deal with two domestic priorities in one piece of legislation and free funds to finance tax cuts.