Disabilities Council opposes GOP health care reform

The greatest problem facing our health care system is the ever growing cost of care. I wonder how politicians would react if laws were passed to regulate their speaking fees and where and how often they were allowed to speak.

"The loss of funds and financial uncertainty threatened by this case would lead at least to higher health insurance costs for consumers, and more likely to many insurers abandoning the individual health insurance market". Sadly, those who can afford these skyrocketing premiums are left with lower quality care and patient outcomes.

A group of 15 states and Washington, DC, is stepping into the fight to save the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges. The House solution, if adopted in the Senate, would go a long way toward letting individual premiums be fairly and attractively priced to these people. The U.S. spent about $3.2 trillion on health care in 2015, or almost $10,000 per person.

I'll be the first to admit that the AHCA is not flawless.

If, however, your wife isn't eligible for the government subsidy or you want additional policy options to what the marketplace offers, you can also buy health coverage outside the government marketplaces directly through a private insurance company, an online insurance seller, or an agent or broker. The plan also removes protections for some people with pre-existing conditions.

It is not easy to balance out covering pre-existing conditions with lower premiums, that is where you saw some of the political difficulty in the House, and that's how they came up with the solution of the MacArthur amendment, which allows states to lower premiums through a waiver. The slower growth in recent years, they argue, is a result of a combination of factors, including a shift in how prescription drug coverage was funded, whose effects on the growth rate were only temporary. Aetna and Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced their plan to pull out of Iowa's individual health insurance market for 2018.

Children, seniors, low-income pregnant women, and people with disabilities all rely upon Medicaid for affordable coverage.

The Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council will continue to work to ensure that every person with a disability has comprehensive, affordable, quality, non-discriminatory coverage and benefits for their healthcare and long-term supports to work and live in the community. Even then, the CBO can not take into account additional reforms and regulatory relief enacted by the executive branch.

President Donald Trump, a Republican who took office in January, campaigned on getting rid of the federal health care law. As more Montanans lose access to coverage, providers will see uncompensated care costs skyrocket putting increased pressure on providers to cut services or close.

Sixty-one percent of Americans want to keep and improve Obamacare; only 37 percent want to repeal and replace it. Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, voted for the bill, and said in a news release that he is fulfilling his promise to drive down costs of health insurance and to bring more competition into the market.

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