Democrats in a number of states are now working on proposals to pump up and save a collapsing ObamaCare. In the PIA Western Alliance states of California and Washington, Governors Gavin Newsom and Jay Inslee are making plans.
Newsom wants to expand Medicaid to people illegally in the U.S. up to the age of 26. He’s also looking at getting a law passed that requires everyone in the state buy health insurance or face a fine. That’s similar to the now done away with Individual Mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
The governor also wants to consolidate the state’s purchase of drugs to — hopefully — lower prescription prices for consumers.
In Washington State, Inslee has proposed a public health insurance option to insure those not covered by Medicaid or private employers, and who cannot afford to purchase a policy. A public health insurance option — for those not knowing — is a government run health insurance company.
Other states — including the PIA Western Alliance state of New Mexico — are looking at public options as well.
In Washington State, House Rep. Eileen Cody — a Democrat — is leading the charge. “Once you give something to somebody, it’s pretty hard to take it away, and I think we see that with how the support for the (Affordable Care Act) has grown over the last two years,” she said.
Inslee agrees. “This is not just a moral right. It is an economic wisdom, and this is very possible.”
Republicans — as you expect — think the idea is expensive and ridiculous. In Washington State Republican Rep. Joe Schmick said, “This is about having the government competing in the private market. Medicare-for-all will be priced out.”
Not to be left out of the let’s make ObamaCare changes, the Trump administration wants to increase premiums by 1% next year. This is part of a 300-page update of regulations by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). While Democrats will no doubt complain, the administration says this is merely a more accurate premium subsidy calculation.
It is required by the Affordable Care Act.
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden — a Democrat — immediately pounced on the decision. “Today’s proposed rule deliberately and needlessly increases premiums and will result in too many Americans losing access to health coverage,” he said. “The Trump administration continues to fan the flames of uncertainty while families pick up the check.”
But the administration adamantly says this will save the taxpayer money. It’s about $900 million a year and 100,000 consumers will then — it is estimated — drop their coverage. That’s coverage no longer required by law.
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