Brett Kavanaugh: A Threat to Affordable Health Care for All

Brett Kavanaugh: A Threat to Affordable Health Care for All

The payments, worth $10.4 billion for 2017, are part of a program in the Affordable Care Act meant to help balance the insurance markets when some insurers inevitably got stuck with sicker, more costly patients. "It moves us back to some extent to the status quo where people with pre-existing conditions found it very hard to get insurance".

President Donald Trump's administration has used its regulatory powers to undermine the ACA on multiple fronts after the Republican-controlled Congress a year ago failed to repeal and replace the law propelled by Democratic President Barack Obama. It is clear that the target is not the individual mandate-which in fact funnels millions of dollars from paying customers to the insurers' coffers-but the health care legislation itself.

Trump asked federal agencies last fall to look for ways to expand the use of these plans, which could offer skimpier coverage for lower cost.

"Longer-term, I think that the administration's walk-back of risk-adjustment payments penalizes those payers that did, in fact, attempt to enroll participants without bias to health status, and unfortunately it also rewards those payers that for whatever reason chose to play it that much safer and do their best to recruit healthy individuals", Abrams says.

The moves have been criticized as an attempt by Trump to dismantle the ACA, one of Obama's largest legislative achievements. Using words like "immoral" and "cold-hearted", they saw it as the Republicans' latest act of sabotage against the sweeping health law.

Bright and Oscar both said that despite the move, they're going ahead with their expansion plans.

It could also encourage more insurers to bow out of Obamacare.

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According to the America Health Insurance Plans trade group, there is also a high possibility that the premiums for a significant number of health plans will increase due to the market uncertainties involved with the current disruption inflicted on them. "This is a time when consumers need more help to understand the insurance options that are available to them-not less". But premiums for people who buy individual coverage and are not eligible for ACA subsidies have continued rising by double digits. Almost 9 in 10 people buying coverage on the ACA exchanges qualify for federal subsidies based on their incomes, and the amount those subsidies rose past year because of an increase in silver-plan premiums.

Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy news service. The group includes former Republican Senator Rick Santorum along with representatives from the Goldwater Institute, the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. It's the only remaining risk mitigation program in Obamacare.

The program doesn't cost the federal government money.

"We urge the Trump administration to back off of this unsafe and destabilizing plan, and instead begin working on bipartisan solutions to make coverage more affordable", said Brad Woodhouse, the executive director of Protect Our Care, a progressive group that supports Obamacare.

What's particularly concerning is that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services had many options other than suspending the payments, Connolly said. The imposition of work requirements will not "dignify" program recipients and "lift them out of poverty", but will in many cases bump them off the benefit rolls through onerous requirements.

The savings from the cut accounts for less than half percent of precisely what the national government is expected to pay to waive private policy and Medicaid following year.

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