UR med students to protest proposed repeal of health care act

Violet Powell
January 10, 2017

This guest column is by Bloomington resident Rob Stone, M.D., director of Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan and IN coordinator for Physicians for a National Health Program. The dog catches it. Time will tell. But as things stand, the repeal crusade appears to be unraveling a week after the start of the new Republican-led Congress. They have promised to repeal it on Inauguration Day.

U.S. President Barack Obama is interviewed by Vox at the Blair House on January 6, 2017 in Washington, DC.

But this resolution is unlikely to touch consumer protections such as the prohibition on insurers denying coverage to people with preexisting health conditions and children staying on their parents' health insurance until age 26. Nationally, there are 22 million at risk of losing ACA coverage.

Views split not only on partisan lines but also within the Republican Party, where almost four in 10 think that the government should guarantee health care is available to the elderly and to low-income people, even if it means more federal involvement.

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Republicans have been saying for seven years that they were going to repeal and replace Obamacare, but they have never been able to come up with a replace plan. The senators, in their statements accompanying the provision, said the delay would buy Congress more time to work out of the the details of a replacement. The final version, which was just some tweaks - I would have liked more - were what were done under reconciliation.

Obama suggested - as he has in the past - two fixes Republicans are sure to reject - increasing the subsidies to help individuals better afford premiums and out-of-pocket payments and creating a government-run "public option" to boost competition in areas with few insurers. The ACA was complicated for a reason. That is, until a replacement plan is in place. "The long-term solution is to reform the insurance industry". Share the Facebook live, leave comments, call in, write your own story about Obamacare - make the media hear you the way they heard the Tea Party in 2010, but without the violence. A poll by the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation focused on health care research, showed 77 percent of adults in marketplace plans like them, and 88 percent of those with Medicaid coverage under the ACA expansion are relatively satisfied with their coverage. He called it HIP 2.0, the Healthy Indiana Plan.

"No official positions at this point, other than we believe any (budget) reconciliation - repeal and replacement - needs to happen in the 115th Congress", said Meadows, who is from western North Carolina's 11th Congressional District. "That's not what we owe the American people". With the federal health law in question, some OH lawmakers and advocates are wondering how a repeal could impact the state's growing health care industry.

Congressman Abraham says there is a plan in the works.

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