GOP rep: 'Significant amendments' added to health care plan

GOP rep: 'Significant amendments' added to health care plan

GOP rep: 'Significant amendments' added to health care plan

The two groups could not agree on details of an earlier health care plan championed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, known as the American Health Care Act.

"The President's decision to launch cruise missiles into Syria at the very airbase that launched a horrific chemical attack, which was the right decision", he said.

The president, referring to proposed changes to the GOP's existing American Health Care Act, told reporters yesterday, "The plan gets better and better and better, and it's gotten really good, and a lot of people are liking it a lot".

What's needed most to determine their premium rates and to stabilize the market is an assurance from the federal government of the continuation of cost-sharing reduction payments, health insurance executives told CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Tuesday. At that meeting, they sought reassurance that the administration would continue to provide cost-sharing reductions next year.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal last week, Trump floated the idea that he might end the payments.

"If Congress doesn't approve [the payments], or if I don't approve it, that would mean that Obamacare doesn't have enough money so it dies immediately as opposed to over a period of time".

In Washington, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler pushed back by a month the date when insurers have to say what they'll offer.

There is almost universal support for continuing the CSR payments among healthcare stakeholders, and many Republican leaders have been favorable as well, notes Joel Ario, managing director with the consulting group Manatt Health. House Republicans, however, claimed that the law didn't actually authorize the executive branch to make those payments without an additional congressional appropriation. Now, the Trump administration has until May 22 to let the court know if it still plans to appeal the ruling. The case was put on hold while Republicans tried to pass health reform, and payments are being made while the lawsuit proceeds.

"Our objective remains the same - to help millions of Americans access the health insurance they need at an affordable cost", Molina said in a statement after the meeting. "We could easily see millions of people losing insurance and there would no doubt be all kinds of finger pointing about who is to blame. That would be a crisis that the White House would need to deal with".

Levitt believes the law is fundamentally stable across most of the country with a few exceptions - Tennessee, Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina and Nebraska - where the marketplaces were struggling.

Even before the Affordable Care Act, rural areas had fewer choices.

Laszewski takes a more critical view of the law's success.

"The biggest reason that Donald Trump can destroy this with a couple of different decisions is because it is already unstable".

Insurers have been stressing the importance of the payments, with growing urgency, as they begin to face deadlines to decide whether to participate in the insurance marketplaces next year and how to set their rates.

But that power is the reason Republicans must figure out what they're going to do - soon, argued Laszewski.

It measure taking shape would deliver a win to moderates by amending the GOP bill to restore Obama's requirement that insurers cover specified services like maternity care. "And it's theirs to fix", he said. I don't want people to get hurt... "They can't walk away from this".

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