Failure of Republican Bill Could Push More Health Plans Out of Obamacare

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Were we to think creatively, rather than politically, OR could be a frontrunner in the push for a single-payer health care system.

“The idea that the center of gravity is in the left side of the caucus is a disgusting way of legislating, and we’re getting precisely the the result of that with this disfunction”, McIntosh said, adding that leadership should get “buy in from conservatives first”.

It all started with the secrecy shrouding the new healthcare bill that House Republicans were drafting, and it ended with the Freedom Caucus syphoning enough votes to kill the bill before it even made it to the floor for a vote. If I were a Democrat in the House, I would recognize that I don’t have the majority and work on reform to draw in the Republicans who stood against Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan’s health care bill. No one had the courage to point the way forward. He said others have high deductibles and expensive monthly premiums to pay. While Obamacare did add to the number of insured through its system of mandates and subsidies, it clearly has major shortcomings. Trump has also made the case for speeding drug approvals, where there is now a 4-year backlog on generic approvals, according to the presentation. Insurance markets are too thin. That huge mistake that the Trump American Health Care Act made by rushing it to Congress must not be repeated. It would allow for a market-based system that will give consumers more choices, give states the authority to regulate Medicare and Medicaid to fit the needs of the states, allow people with pre-existing conditions to purchase health insurance and give people under the age of 26 the opportunity to stay on their parents’ plans.

The AHCA, which would repeal and replace Obamacare, was pulled from the House floor minutes before a vote was set to be held Friday.

Equally regrettable is that Republicans appear to be giving up. The medical treatment is not pleasant and they are in the hospital to get better, not for a vacation. The art of governing is compromise. Trump blamed the failure of the bill on Democrats and even on the Freedom Caucus via Twitter.

“He never tried to reach out to Democrats in any way”, said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

It now appears that Republicans’ best course of action to implement reform changes would be to attempt to “fix” parts of the ACA that are deemed to not be working. The reality is that health care is a giant portion of what drives the United States deficit and debt, which makes it a budgetary battle, according to Blair Childs, senior vice president, public affairs at Premier Inc, who discussed these issues at the session “Washington Update: Trump, ACA, Rx Pricing”, at the 6 Annual Specialty Pharmacy Executive Retreat. It was a hard process to find out what coverage I had because there were so many complex rules.

Efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, fell short after the bill didn’t garner any votes from the Democratic Party and received little support from the Republican Party. This is not an auspicious step.

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“Some accomplished what they set out to accomplish, which was nothing but than to get a lot of face time on TV”, said Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., who supported the bill. The details are what matters, not the label.

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