Day: August 8, 2017

Will Trump still attempt Obamacare repeal?

Obamacare repeal on back burner

OBAMACARE-As healthy as ever
OBAMACARE-As healthy as ever

Apparently bottom-feeder Mitch McConnell has been pushed to the side on his crusade to repeal Obamacare, as Republicans attempt to reorganize and make some intelligent sense out of the seven months they have so far led this country…nowhere. As they attempt to find their way–maybe they could use a Progressive seeing-eye lawmaker–Donald Trump is once again threatening Obamacare with his two promises to cancel public support to insurance companies and ending federal subsidy payments that reduce premiums for lower-income Americans. As late as Saturday he was saying he would also yank the bailouts for members of Congress.

All Trump seems to want to do is hurt

Trump’s reasoning is that, in his opinion Obamacare is hurting American consumers, so why shouldn’t it hurt insurance companies by taking away federal support. And if he eliminates the subsidy fr low income Americans…

  • The Kaiser Family Foundation estimated that if these CSR [cost-sharing reductions] payments were stopped, insurance premiums on the individual markets would increase by 19 percent or higher.

A combination of things could happen as a result of the above, according to experts. Unable to afford their plans, these lower-income insured would simply drop their insurance. As the market dries up for a particular plan(s), insurers would decide to drop coverage. Here’s another interpretation…

  • “Some insurers may also interpret a decision to stop these reimbursements as evidence that the Administration wants the market to fail, causing them to exit the market entirely,” Matt Fielder, a fellow at the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative on Healthy Policy explained to ABC News.

Trump could act in third week of August

Donald Trump will have his chance to act in the third week of August when the monthly payment of federal subsidies is due to be paid. Congress is concerned…

  • Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have have expressed concerns that abruptly ending payments could dramatically disrupt the health care system and send the individual markets into a tailspin.


  • Senate Health, Labor, Education, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn, said in a statement earlier this week that he wants the president to approve two months of CSR payments and hopes Congress will pass a bill after the August recess that include federal subsidies for 2018.

Watch the actual Obamacare repeal voted down…

Rate increases could be coming…if

Sarah Sanders says Trump has made no decision yet on what he will do about CSR payments, but ABC says there are other options that Trump could take. Like not enforcing the requirement to buy insurance or pay a penalty. The younger healthy could decide to pass, leaving insurers with an unbalanced market with too many senior citizens. ABC says the threat alone could lead to some insurance companies increasing their rates. And one thing T-rump is famous for is his threats. There are even more options Trump could use to thwart Obamacare, but the biggest problem of all is the unknown…the Donald Trump unknown. That s most devastating.

Constitution says Trump must uphold law

However, The Affordable Care Act is still law and Donald Trump hopefully realizes that he is required by the Constitution to uphold the law. Democrats will keep a close watch on Health Secretary, Tom Price, and his his deputy, Seema Verma, who runs the federal agency that administers health insurance programs. Outside forces are also at work…

  • “We are going to hold HHS accountable to fully implement the law,” said lawyer Mara Youdelman, who heads the Washington office of the National Health Law Program, an advocacy group. “The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, and everyone who is working for the administration should be committed to upholding the law of the land.”

Since Obamacare reduced the U.S. uninsured rate to a historic low of about 9 percent, any person who is interested in the overall health of this country and his or her fellow American should be elated, and interested only in modifying and improving a program that has helped millions. But then, that’s not what Republicans do.