Delay in court case deepens health insurance uncertainty

Posted May 27, 2017

On Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office will release its analysis of the health-care bill that passed the House of Representatives earlier this month.

Senate Republicans face increasing pressure to rescue health insurance markets and protect coverage for millions of Americans amid growing fears the Trump administration is going let the markets collapse. That would get rid of the uncertainty around this issue completely. "Going forward, we are weighing our options and still evaluating the issues".

America's Health Insurance Plans, a leading industry lobbying group, expressed dismay over the latest delay, and the lack of a guarantee that the subsidies will continue.

President Donald Trump and House Republicans have decided not to blow up the Obamacare health insurance markets just yet. But just the uncertainty over the payments' future is a main reason why some carriers have already chose to exit the Obamacare market for 2018 and others have filed for big premium increases.

On Thursday, more than a dozen Democratic state attorneys general sought to intervene in the case due to concerns that the administration is seeking to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

Millions of people are opting to pay the Obamacare fines rather than buy the mandated health insurance plans, quickening Obamacare's death spiral.

"I think the message for us as Democrats is we've got to give people a reason to vote for us, not against Trump". Those two "Obamacare" changes made coverage more robust, but also increased the cost. It now is the subject of a lawsuit by congressional Republicans, who argue that Congress must approve the payments. "Yeah, it's about making money and providing the service, but it's also about coverage".

Many other White House officials are wary of that idea, and a poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that a majority of Americans would place most blame for healthcare problems - such as rising premiums - on Trump.

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Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, said that she thinks there needs to be some kind of certainty for people who rely on the cost-sharing reduction payments.

"Your immediate action is critical to the viability of the individual insurance markets in a significant number of states across the country", the National Association of Insurance Commissioners wrote in a letter to Senate leaders last week.

"The obscure Senate rule that could sink Obamacare repeal, explained":"The restrictions of reconciliation will set the parameters of the Senate's health care debate - and are already proving hard for lawmakers to navigate and limiting what ideas they can consider". The White House Press Office did not respond within deadline.

"Then a smooth transition with CSR payments seems to be the most practical way to make sure we don't create a crisis for people on Main Street", Meadows said.

The request for the 90-day extension, in a filing Monday in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, means that the government will continue to provide the "cost-sharing reductions" through at least much of the summer. GOP senators show no signs of producing a bill soon.

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But McConnell and other senior GOP leaders have thus far indicated no public interest in such a move.

Following the 217-to-213 vote to pass the GOP health care reform plan on the floor of the House later that same day, Democrats serenaded Republicans with "Na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye", a reference to the fact Dems believe voters will exact revenge on the GOP for AHCA passage during the 2018 election. "The most conservative thing is to leave the market", he said.