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We need single-payer health care

19 May 2017, 10:01 | Gladys Abbott

It also eliminates both the individual and employer mandate penalties that forced millions of Americans into health care plans that they do not want and can not afford, among many other provisions. The law allows them to set aside pre-tax cash to spend on medical care such as copays or prescription drugs.

The aggressive cuts would ultimately provide states with less federal Medicaid dollars and shift costs typically covered by Medicaid away from the program, and onto hospitals and states. While I've been committed to making this happen since day one, it took a lot of negotiating and hard work by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to get it over the finish line in the House.

Instead, the measure would encourage people to maintain coverage by prohibiting insurance companies from cutting them off or charging more for pre-existing conditions as long as their insurance didn't lapse.

The insurance markets are continuing to deteriorate, Blase said.

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There was a slight increase in early-stage cancer diagnoses after the Affordable Care Act, often called "Obamacare", went into effect in January 2014. This is how most people get their health insurance. In some states - Tennessee and Iowa, for example - there are areas that risk having no insurer at all.

The authors noted that the improvements in health care have continued to grow over the three years of the ACA's coverage expansions, and that the improvements occurred whether states expanded Medicaid (as in Kentucky) or private insurance (as in Arkansas), showing that both are effective ways to help lower-income Americans.

I have personally witnessed the mass exodus of health insurance providers from the individual exchange here in IL, and the writing is on the wall. Without it, Anthem would have increased rates more than 20 percent rather than the less than 2 percent experienced in Maine. "The bottom line is that this legislation protects those with preexisting conditions and New York State regulations further protect them", she said. It's a small enough number to be a feasible program to fund, she said. Some state governments have also subtly undermined their own coverage marketplaces in various ways-for instance, by allowing many residents to remain on old, pre-Obamacare plans, driving up the cost of new coverage. I want the person representing us to be voting with an understanding of what real Montanans need from healthcare policy.

"I saw one of my Democrat colleagues said that this system isn't working" said Blunt.



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