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Republican leaders say that to dismantle Obamacare it will take not just the bill now being debated in the House, but also regulatory changes and other bills to come later. Some party members say that plan is not realistic.
A provision in the 2010 health law required these hospitals to justify their tax exemption by demonstrating involvement in community health. Repeal, replace or repair could stall that momentum.
Federal officials said 12.2 million people signed up for plans this year on the health law’s marketplaces, down slightly from 2016.
California’s health insurance exchange released an analysis showing that Republicans’ plan to trim subsidies, on average, by 40% would fall hard on elderly and very low-income people, especially in expensive areas like San Francisco.
Nearly half of the people in this month’s Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll believe the Republican legislation will increase the number of uninsured Americans and increase coverage costs.
The Congressional Budget Office says the bill, if enacted, would save the federal government billions of dollars but leave millions more people without coverage. Those changes would hit the biggest state hardest.
With Republicans in control of Congress and the White House, HSAs — a longtime favorite of conservatives — are likely to get a boost.
Before the health law, buying an individual policy that included coverage for pregnancy and labor was extremely difficult.
The federal government’s budget experts estimate that the Republican plan would reduce the deficit but dramatically drive up the number of uninsured.
In the heated political arguments as Republicans rush to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, reality gets a bit lost.