Democrats seek to resolve health payments on spending bill

Apr 14, 2017, 10:35
Democrats seek to resolve health payments on spending bill

Politico reported late Wednesday that Trump himself called HHS and ordered them to rebut the earlier reports that the payments would be made, anxious that they would hurt his negotiating position.

There is tremendous uncertainty right now in ObamaCare's insurance markets - in part because of the GOP's on-again-off-again repeal effort and questions over whether Trump will continue insurer payments that have been made under the law.

Don't think so? Just look more closely at what's already happening even with Uncle Sam shelling out all that subsidy money. That upends Obamacare's whole financial model for reducing cost-sharing and could drive insurers out of the market. Anthem is thinking of doing the same thing. The Department of Health and Human Services told the Times, "the precedent is that while the lawsuit is being litigated, the cost-sharing subsidies will be funded". Experts say that healthy people, whom the administration wants to buy more coverage, would be the first to abandon theirs if the penalties are not enforced.

And let's look at what kind of "coverage" Obamacare coverage really provides anyway.

In addressing this failure as a victory, I feel the need to explain myself- I do want what is best for our country, and I don't want the next four years to be a complete political failure.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California called that an "appalling threat".

The "cost-sharing reduction" payments are meant to subsidize out-of-pocket expenses for low-income Americans who receive insurance through ACA marketplaces, and the payments are seen as a key factor in maintaining the stability of the market for individual insurance in many states. The reasoning was that the insurers would make profits with that volume of new customers and thus, they'd stay happy.

They would cut the marketplace enrollment period in half, from three months to 45 days - November 1, 2017, through December 15, 2017 - for coverage beginning January 1, 2018. "They're very mixed signals for insurance companies that needed answers yesterday on what the rules for the game are going to be next year".

Americans aren't going to blame Democrats if Obamacare implodes. My idea of success, however, is not exactly in line with that of President Trump. But any spending bill will have to win some Democratic support to reach a 60-vote threshold in a chamber where Republicans have a 52-vote majority. And prices have been rising and choice has been shrinking accordingly.

"What I think should happen and will happen is that the Democrats will start calling me and negotiating", he said, speaking about the intricacies of healthcare-an issue that took President Obama the entirety of his time in the White House to sort of figure out -as if he were a parent trying to convince their small child to eat their broccoli by threatening to cancel Christmas. Obama pushed for these payments to insurance companies to stabilize the Obamacare exchanges, although conservatives contend that the insurance handouts are unconstitutional. "MORE's position that, absent any national direction, there could be Tennesseans who now buy insurance who may not have any choice for insurance on the exchange in 2018", Walter said. We have not been contacted by Democrats to save Obamacare, perhaps because they consider Obamacare to be a losing cause. You get the point.

The lawsuit at play is over one Obamacare's foundations: helping people afford private health insurance.

The health insurance exchanges have struggled to attract enough young healthy consumers to offset the cost of sicker, older plan members.

"This funding helps those who need it the most access quality care: low- and modest-income consumers earning less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level".