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Court backs Trump expansion of short-term health plans

Health Jul 17, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided federal appeals court on Friday upheld the Trump administration’s expansion of cheaper short-term health insurance plans, derided by critics as “junk insurance,” as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act’s costlier comprehensive insurance.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said in a 2-1 decision that the administration had the legal authority to increase the duration of the health plans from three to 12 months, with the option of renewing them for 36 months.

The plans do not have to cover people with preexisting conditions or provide basic benefits like prescription drugs.....

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the decision would allow the administration to “keep railroading vulnerable families into shoddy junk health insurance plans.”......



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"Americans like to tell themselves a story about their health-care system delivering better results than the socialist systems of other developed countries.  But American health care is a creation of government, too - a government that has allowed powerful interests to seize pricing power allowed them by no other democracy in the world."

- David Frum, Trumpocalypse

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On 7/29/2020 at 7:09 PM, SadPanda said:

The Democrat Party has made itself clear many times, TalkTalk - medicare for all will never happen!

So what is your answer?   Why haven't the Republicans provided it?

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Obama's Medicaid expansion gains momentum under Trump

Missouri voters this week approved broadening the gov't health care program, making it the seventh state to do so under the president.
............The Republican president readily carried Missouri in 2016, but the Medicaid vote comes as more people have been losing workplace health insurance in a treacherous coronavirus economy.

That leaves only a dozen states opposed to using the federal-state health program for low-income people as a vehicle for covering more adults, mainly people in jobs that don’t provide health care. Medicaid expansion is a central feature of former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, covering about 12 million people, while nearly 10 million others get subsidized private insurance........



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What's in, and out, of Biden's health care plan-

".........Biden proposes adding a “Medicare-like” public option that would serve as an option for consumers to receive health insurance. Americans would also be able to choose their own private insurance and would now only spend a lower income rate to obtain it.  


Biden campaign officials say the health care plan serves as a transitional piece of legislation that could pave the path to a Medicare-for-All single payer system in the future. 


Here's a quick look at some of what is in — and not in — Biden's plan: 

What's in: The individual mandate

President Donald Trump got rid of the individual mandate when he signed the GOP tax bill into law in 2017. Biden would bring back the penalty for not being covered under health insurance under his plan.

Since the individual mandate currently is not federal law, a Biden campaign official said that he would use a combination of executive orders to undo the changes and use his “longstanding history of getting stuff done in Congress to get legislation to build on the Affordable Care Act.”.............

see all: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/meet-the-press/blog/meet-press-blog-latest-news-analysis-data-driving-political-discussion-n988541/ncrd1030086#blogHeader


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"Biden campaign officials say the health care plan serves as a transitional piece of legislation that could pave the path to a Medicare-for-All single payer system in the future. ......."


Shaw: So what do you want to do?
Trip: Don't know, sir.
Shaw: It stinks, I suppose.
Trip: Yeah, It stinks bad. And we all covered up in it too. Ain't nobody clean. Be nice to get clean, though.
Shaw: How do we do that?
Trip: We ante up and kick in, sir.

But I still don't want to carry your flag.

Trip: I ain't fightin' this war for you, sir.
Shaw: I see.
Trip: I mean, what's the point? Ain't nobody gonna win. It's just gonna go on and on.
Shaw: Can't go on forever.
Trip: Yeah, but ain't nobody gonna win, sir.
Shaw: Somebody's gonna win.
Trip: Who? ............... What about us? What do we get?

Shaw: Well, you won't get ANYthing if we lose.

                                                                                           ( -movie Glory quotes)


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How Canada got universal health care and what the U.S. could learn-

..........Before the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. full speed, fewer than half of Americans — 42 percent — considered their health care system to be above average, according to a PBS NewsHour/Marist poll conducted in late July. Roughly as many people — 49 percent — said the Canadian system was better than their own. Compared to people in most developed nations, including Canada, Americans have for years paid far more for health care while staying sicker and dying sooner

In the United States, unlike most countries in the developed world, health insurance is often tied to whether or not you have a job. More than 160 million Americans relied on their employers for health insurance before COVID-19, while another 30 million Americans were without health insurance before the pandemic. 

Tens of millions more Americans lost their health care coverage when coronavirus fears triggered a recession this year. Numbers are still shaking out, but one projection from the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation suggested as many as 25 million more Americans became uninsured in recent months. That study suggested that millions of Americans will fall through the cracks..........

how the U.S. and Canadian systems can benefit from each other. Camillo said Americans could benefit from the Canadian system with “less paperwork, less red tape, less cost for sure, even after factoring in taxes, more convenience, more choice, more opportunity in work lives, more time and more happiness and more social cohesion and more value.”

Most Canadians understand their system requires tradeoffs, ............

One strength of the Canadian system to shine through during the pandemic is that everyone is insured, Martin said. There, patients admitted into hospitals don’t have to bicker over bills with insurance companies or double-check coverage before they rush to the hospital or ask for medical care. Hospitals work with a single insurer, she said, and that means care is better coordinated across institutions...........


“It’s really frustrating to have to divert so much political energy towards what should be a no-brainer.”.........




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