Association health plan ruling puts some companies in limbo

Apr 02, 2019, 00:13
Association health plan ruling puts some companies in limbo

Republicans on Capitol Hill pointed to association health plans this week as their policy alternative for more affordable health care than the plans sold under the Democrats' health care law.

"Without Tom pushing it, I don't think we would have had Romneycare", Romney said in an obituary for Thomas Stemberg, a Boston-based business exec who pushed for the health care overhaul.

"Politically for the Republicans, it's an enormous problem", Napolitano said on "America's Newsroom" Monday. The failed attempt to repeal "Obamacare" in 2017 proved to be toxic for congressional Republicans in last year's midterm elections and they are in no mood to repeat it.

The litigation could take months to resolve and there's no guarantee Trump will get the outcomes he wants before the 2020 election. "But we're doing something that is going to be much less expensive than Obamacare for the people. and we're going to have (protections for) pre-existing conditions and will have a much lower deductible".

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"I think the President just listed off the names of people he's spoken to on the phone about health care", one Senate Republican aide told CNN.

"But there's no indication that the White House, executive branch agencies like Health and Human Services or Republicans in Congress are working on a comprehensive plan".

The lawsuit was brought by NY, 10 other states and the District of Columbia previous year. From ALReporter.com: An additional 942,000 non-elderly Alabamians have pre-existing conditions and could be denied coverage without the law's pre-existing conditions protections. All sides expect the case to go to the Supreme Court, which has twice before upheld the ACA.

The decision by the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., said the rule allowing so-called association health plans is "clearly an end run" around the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, that "creates absurd results".

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"The administration will continue to fight for sole proprietors and small businesses so that they can have the freedom to band together to obtain more affordable, quality healthcare coverage", a Justice Department spokesman said.

U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates last week struck down the administration's health plans for small business and sole proprietors, which allowed less generous benefits than required by the ACA.

"There's been a few of these that have been announced", said Gary Claxton, an expert on employer health insurance with the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

The Trump administration earlier this week called for the total repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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