'Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.' Sanders: I did
Feb 28 2017 by Elias Hubbard
Donald Trump told a room full of state governors on Monday that "nobody knew" replacing the massive Affordable Care Act, which expanded health coverage to 20 million Americans, would prove to be so "complicated".
He added: "Republicans can go and do what they want, and I'm going to talk to them. When we all work together, we can make health care better". They've tried to put this camouflage on it that somehow they're giving governors flexibility. Fifty-six percent of Americans said they had some connection to Medicaid, either now or in the past. "This is not what we are asking for".
Whether all insurance plans will have to cover essential basics like mental health services, annual exams for women, prenatal and maternity care and birth control will likely get left up to the states, and with Medicaid expansion money being rolled back federally, you can assume that the rural and red states are going to say no as a cost savings mechanism.
"People are madder than hops about this".
Former House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday during HIMSS17 in Orlando that he's skeptical about the prospect of repeal-and-replace, because Republicans "will never, ever agree what the bill should be".
"We have come up with a solution that's really, really, I think very good", he said, before proceeding to say nothing about what that solution looks like.
Trump even suggested that Republicans simply leave alone the ACA, commonly referred to as Obamacare, and let it self-destruct so the landmark healthcare law will have to be replaced.
Trump is reportedly expected to touch on the subject of healthcare in his address to the Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday.
Governors received an independent analysis showing Medicaid changes proposed by House Republicans would significantly reduce federal support of states' programs and increase the number of people without insurance.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, started the group a few weeks ago and said that they have been talking regularly by phone.
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., told the National Press Club on Monday that Republican attempts to repeal the bill could face opposition from their own party. "You people know that better than anybody". Medicaid provides insurance to more than 70 million low-income Americans, and states had the option of making it available to more people under Obama's health care overhaul.
GOP plans that have surfaced include cutting subsidies and Medicaid funding and eliminating the employer mandate.
Another GOP governor in a Medicaid expansion state, Doug Ducey of Arizona, said Democrats are failing to acknowledge the shortcomings of Obama's health law and the need for urgent reforms. "But we have to do something because Obamacare is a failed disaster".
"I think the concern of governors alike, not just Republican governors, but governors on either side of the aisle is: Give us a base, give us a foundation upon which we could help slow the curve".
Trump told insurers, including UnitedHealth Group Inc, Anthem Inc and Aetna Inc, that he was directing Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to work with them "to ensure a smooth transition to the new plan".
In place of matching, open-ended federal Medicaid dollars to the state, the legislation being drafted would be replaced by fixed-amount grants, which is "simply a way to cut Medicaid", Mr. Dallas said.
The block grant option further assumes that states that choose a block grant would "transition individuals now enrolled in the Medicaid expansion. into other coverage" without discussing where the funding for such "other coverage" might come from.