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Changes to Affordable Care Act may effect entrepreneurs

19 March 2017, 11:29 | Darin Griffith

Changes to Affordable Care Act may effect entrepreneurs

Sen. Elizabeth Warren D-Mass. speaks with reporters as Democrats criticize the Republican health care plan at the Capitol in Washington Tuesday March 14 2017

That is especially true for the almost 3.4 million older Americans who have enrolled through the government marketplaces, many of whom receive generous federal subsidies through the health care law enacted under former President Barack Obama.

"I'm so exhausted of the whole thing", she said.

Retired factory worker Bob Melton, 63, said the projected cost increases for older Americans mean he and his wife Tammy, 58, would be unable to continue to afford coverage.

And now President Trump is going to repeal and replace it. He was President Barack Obama's director of the Office of Management and Budget from 2009 to 2010 and the director of the Congressional Budget Office from 2007 to 2008.

But to the extent it could leave more people uninsured, he's concerned about the proposed replacement plan. But under the GOP plan, his annual premium would be $14,600 since the tax credit would not offset as much of the cost. The specifics of the to-be-proposed plan were not available.

The Affordable Care Act didn't work for Wendy Kline, a hairstylist in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, who voted for Donald Trump. "And my fear is that, a year from now, people are going to come back and we're going to have all the same arguments again that insurance premiums are still going through the roof and we still have a mess".

"The plan in its entirety is the one that the President has ensured the American people every single American will have access to affordable coverage that works for them", Price said. The current maximum contribution is 2,500.

Fortunately, a number of Republicans are appalled, especially governors who actually have to solve real problems in their states. So the Republican tax credits are expected to cover less of the premium for these enrollees, particularly those with lower incomes. That's because young adults move and change jobs a lot.

"Part of that net reduction in employment-based coverage would occur because fewer employees would take up the offer of such coverage in the absence of the individual mandate penalties", the CBO report says.

The report also estimated that average insurance rates in 10 years will be 10 percent lower than today.

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Under her previous policy, Wright had a lifetime cap on her out-of-pocket expenses.

"There's no question about it", said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday, "if one plan can sell that was in Maryland - into Virginia - where they could seek additional customers, that competition alone invariably brings down costs". "Isn't that criminal? That is criminal that the drug companies can force me to go bankrupt in order to stay alive". This bill weakens Medicare for current and future retirees. Of those Mississippians, 285,000 are also AARP members.

Do you think that can't happen? Campbell asked. "We have a largely aging population".

An insurance policy's actuarial value is the share of total health-care costs paid by the plan rather than the policy holder, through deductibles and copayments. "It does not make any extra sense to put any extra burdens on them at that point in their life". "We see that uninsurance rate drop, over the course of the last five, six years to about 16 percent", she says.

The governors presented the GOP leaders with an alternative proposal on Medicaid that would keep an expansion of the program and make it available to other states that didn't expand it under the Affordable Care Act. A 60-year-old making $30,000 annually here will pay roughly $8,750 more per year for coverage under the Republican plan moving through Congress, according to the AP analysis.

Without being more specific, Evenson said "the governor supports meaningful reforms and empowering consumers to focus on true affordability".

"That is among the things we're looking at doing, yes", Ryan replied cagily.

She added, "Overall, we are nonpartisan, we believe in working with members on both sides of the aisle, but a bad bill is just a bad bill".

Meanwhile, the Republican governors of Ohio, Nevada, Michigan, and Arkansas jointly declared their opposition to the bill, in a letter to Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan Thursday.

To protect our most vulnerable people with expensive preexisting conditions, without driving up the cost of insurance for everyone else, Montana needs the ability to form our own high risk pool and adequately fund it. "When you mandate what has to be insurance, it elevates the price", he said. We're the most unhealthy state in the nation.

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