Industry questions higher insurance costs under Republican plan

Posted March 13, 2017

"He wants Obamacare repealed like all conservatives do, but he realizes that conservatives have a lot of objections", Paul said. "The American Health Care Act addresses the challenges immediately facing the individual market and will ensure more affordable health plan choices for consumers in the short-term, including through the expanded use of health savings accounts".

The American Suntanning Association, a trade group that represents industry suppliers and roughly 1,000 tanning salons, says its research shows the tax halved the number of salons in the country and contributed to the loss of almost 100,000 jobs.

Health providers, Duke noted, did not think the ACA was ideal and were willing to work with Congress to make changes.

Among its top-level changes, the AHA scraps the controversial fines Obamacare imposed on Americans who failed to obtain health insurance. Businesses in MA and the US have complained that both plans burden them with red tape and complex regulations that Republicans aim to reduce. High-income Americans are exempt from receiving the tax credits. Our citizens were told they would have to pass Obamacare to find out what it was and how bad it was.

The senators don't propose a clear alternative to the House plan, and they reiterated their position that the Affordable Care Act needs significant reforms. More than 20 million Americans have obtained insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act's exchanges or Medicaid expansion.

The bill contains several provisions the industry has requested, including repealing Obamacare's tax on health insurers and allowing carriers to charge older enrollees more compared to younger ones.

"What that means is people don't have insurance they don't go to the doctor".

Ryan's main argument: The current bill is only step one.

The bill would replace Barack Obama's signature law, so-called Obamacare. Business groups had warned that taxing employer health benefits would cause employers to terminate coverage and/or prompt employees to drop out of those plans, Crain's Detroit Business reported. "How much is it going to cost taxpayers?" The Medicaid program insures low-income people and those with disabilities. The Republican plan would phase out that expansion.

Trump praises health care bill, but conservatives skeptical [press release].

Ryan said the other parts of his Obamacare replacement plan will come from the executive actions of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, as well as future legislation that can be filibustered.

"By postponing this Cadillac tax, the Republicans have missed an opportunity to control health care costs - leaving very little that would get costs under control to some degree", he said.

Changes to the ACA must strive to improve affordability and should not result in patients experiencing greater financial barriers to care and coverage.