Hidden in the Trumpcare bill s a provision allowing insurers to reduce benefits in insurance policies provided by employers. The employee beneficiaries are not covered under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, at all, but were protected by the ACA’s required coverage provisions.
Democrats cannot limit themselves to defensive efforts to salvage the Affordable Care Act at either the federal or the state level. They need to think about a more attractive national agenda in health care that reflects the lessons of the ACA and new political realities. The coming national Democratic debate is going to focus on extending Medicare—to whom, how quickly, and under what rules will be the questions.
“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Donald Trump told The Washington Post a few days before he was sworn in.
You can bet no one has any idea what that actually means. That includes Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Trump’s nominee for secretary of health and human services, who dodged details at a confirmation hearing on Tuesday. It also includes Trump, who has yet to demonstrate that he actually knows what’s in the Affordable Care Act, let alone how he would replace it.
Not a single major organization representing patients, physicians, hospitals or others who work in the nation’s health care system backs the GOP’s Obamacare strategy. New polls also show far more Americans would like to expand or keep the health care law, rather than repeal it.
To be fair, Obamacare is far from perfect. Still, its implementation has provided access to medical care for many, and that’s a big deal. Before Obamacare, about 16 percent of Americans had no health insurance of any kind. Now, that’s down to less than 9 percent — a record low.
In addition to treating what ails you, a number of health care systems aim to sell you a health insurance plan to pay for it.
When you’re dealing with a medical condition or disease, you want to find the best treatment without a lot of hassle from your insurer. But insurers may deny coverage for the specialist your doctor recommended, or send you a bill for care you thought was covered.