Two Republican senators say they're putting finishing touches on legislation that would let states keep President Barack Obama's health care overhaul or adopt a new program that covers basic medical services.
Donald Trump and congressional Republicans made campaign promises to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and since the new session of Congress started, they have been working to make good on those promises.
According to the Mississippi Insurance Department, over 200,000 Mississippians found themselves in this situation.
The signing of the executive order to begin rolling back the Affordable Care Act is said to take time to implement, but nonetheless, reinforces Trump's first aim of action as the 45th President of the United States. We chose to come here to West Virginia to see how this hits home for people who really depend on the protections of that health law.
While a pair of Republican senators are introducing an alternative to ObamaCare, a longtime critic of the federal law says Congress can simply kill it.
The compromise is unique to Republican legislation in that it allows states that want to keep Obamacare to do so.
"One of the key reforms that we will do is, we're going to legalize the sale of cheap insurance", he said. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, and Johnny Isakson of Georgia. "By this weekend, we should have a much better idea of what "replace" looks like in Republicans' pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare". People could opt out of the plan, or purchase more insurance.
To help offset those deductibles, the plan would offer many individuals a pre-funded health savings account to help minimize initial out-of-pocket costs.
"What we heard is that the majority of primary care physicians are open to changes in the law but overwhelmingly opposed full repeal", said lead author Craig Pollack, associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Prior to the Affordable Care Act, states allowed insurers to make those with existing conditions wait months before their coverage kicked in. I could tell you many stories. This is our best option to bring about a cost-effective and competitive health care system that is better equipped to cover individuals and their families.
The order is widely interpreted to mean that the mandates on individuals and small businesses to buy coverage will be waived altogether.
The bill's key alternative option for states would do away with individual and employer mandates and benefit requirements, and instead auto-enroll everyone who isn't covered by employer or public healthcare in a basic package.