President Donald Trump made some headline grabbing promises over the weekend regarding the latest health care bill. The President tweeted, “Will have much lower premiums & deductibles while at the same time taking care of pre-existing conditions!” In fact, President Trump told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the new plan has a clause that “guarantees” people with pre-existing conditions will be covered. You can watch a brief clip from the interview by clicking here or on the picture below.
However, according to Fox News, “House Republicans’ latest overhaul plan appears to allow states not to include the pre-existing requirement in standard ObamaCare insurance policies, under certain circumstances.”
Mr. Trump appeared to be unfamiliar with details of the amendment that would allow states to obtain a waiver permitting insurers to charge higher premiums based on a person’s “health status.”
Nor did he explain how the Republicans’ new health plan would produce “much lower premiums.” In its analysis of the last version of the repeal bill, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that average premiums in 2018 and 2019 “would be 15 percent to 20 percent higher under the legislation than under current law.” By 2026, it said, average premiums would be roughly 10 percent lower than under current law.
ABC News added, “But while the bill says people with pre-existing conditions will have “access,” it does not address affordability. The legislation would let states opt out of the requirement for standard premiums, under certain conditions. If a state maintains protections such as a high-risk pool, it can allow insurers to use health status as a factor in setting premiums for people who have had a break in coverage and are trying to get a new individual policy.”
Late last week, a number of major healthcare organizations voiced opposition to the amended legislation including the American Hospital Association (AHA), American Medical Association (AMA), America’s Essential Hospitals, the Children’s Hospital Association, and AARP.
If they didn’t like a previous Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), leading groups that represent doctors, nurses and hospitals say a revised GOP health bill is “even worse.”
Leaders of those groups are urging Congress not to pass a revised bill that represents the second attempt by Republicans to repeal and replace the ACA. “The amendment proposed this week would dramatically worsen the bill,” said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, in a statement.
As the health care debate continues, it is important to point out that the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) will continue to work with Arizona’s congressional delegation to make sure any changes to the health care law benefit the people, patients and communities of our state. Share your thoughts on what we can do moving forward to drive real change in health care that will will make a real difference in the lives of Arizonans. Generating meaningful conversations around the health issues that affect our state is critical to our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!