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Only a small number of businesses buy health insurance off this exchange, which was created by the Affordable Care Act as a marketplace for companies with 100 or fewer workers. Many companies buy directly from insurers.
Former President Barack Obama spoke about Democrats’ ideas like “Medicare For All.” Meanwhile, Republicans are using the plan to attack their opponents, saying it will jeopardize Medicare’s current beneficiaries.
Experts say that because Republicans control Congress there is not a legitimate reason for the Congressional Budget Office to put time into analyzing the idea.
“San Francisco is the only universal healthcare plan for all undocumented residents in America. Very proud of that,” gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom said of his efforts while mayor of San Francisco. “And we proved it can be done without bankrupting the city.”
Instead of single-payer, the coalition is expected to press for alternatives, which could include expanding state insurance subsidies, allowing undocumented adults to sign up for Medi-Cal and creating a state-based individual mandate for everyone to have coverage.
While some Republicans continue to run on a health law repeal platform, a growing number want to move on. In related news: The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on 2019 premium estimates in San Diego County.
But Politico reports that the idea, which has become a favorite for parts of the Democratic base, may not be playing well in other 2018 races. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) defends his “Medicare for all” plan in the face of media fact checks.
The bill would ban the sale of short-term health insurance plans, which offer consumers lower premiums in exchange for skimpier benefits that do not meet the Affordable Care Act’s coverage requirements. The move follows the Trump administration’s rule allowing such plans nationally. The legislation, authored by state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), heads next to Gov. Jerry Brown (D).
Republicans supporting the suit filed by attorneys general in a federal court in Texas say they will find other ways to protect consumers with medical problems but they haven’t shown yet how they would do that. Stateline also look at premiums that have been announced for 2019 plans.
The Associated Press fact checks Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) spin on the report that analyzed the cost of the senator’s “Medicare For All” plan, which is gaining steam in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.