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California Healthline/Kaiser Health News correspondents take to the airwaves to discuss the future of Obamacare and changes that might ensue after the demise of the Republican health care bill.
The Republicans’ health care plan, which would generally reduce premium subsidies and limit federal funding for Medicaid, has many Californians wondering what will happen to their coverage. We spoke with some of them.
Many constituents could lose coverage under the AHCA. Half of California’s Republican-led districts voted against Donald Trump.
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.
Critics say the proposed changes could poison one of the nation’s healthiest marketplaces, driving up premiums and drawing in only the sickest patients. Republicans and industry analysts call those concerns overblown.
The prospect of repealing the Affordable Care Act – with no replacement ready – finds many having second thoughts.
Mitch Katz, director of the L.A. County Health Agency, says California must find ways to cover state residents who might lose their health coverage if Obamacare is repealed.
With the future of Obamacare up in the air, many consumers are wondering if they must comply with the tax requirements related to the law, including whether to pay the penalty for being uninsured.
Researchers find that the state’s exchange has succeeded by fostering competition, with a large number of insurers in the mix, aggressively negotiating on premiums and setting conditions for health plan participation.
The state has one of the highest rates of small business owners who get health coverage through the Affordable Care Act.