LA Times Report : Trump Administration Is Actively Undermining Existing Obamacare

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By:  @johnrussell, 4 months ago
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http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-obamacare-trump-mismanagement-20170518-story.html

Health insurers across the country are making plans to dramatically raise Obamacare premiums or exit marketplaces amid growing exasperation with the Trump administration’s erratic management, inconsistent guidance and seeming lack of understanding of basic healthcare issues.

At the same time, state insurance regulators — both Democrat and Republican — have increasingly concluded they cannot count on the Trump administration to help them ensure that consumers will have access to a health plan next year.

The growing frustration with the Trump administration’s management — reflected in letters to state regulators and in interviews with more than two dozen senior industry and government officials nationwide — undercuts a key White House claim that Obamacare insurance marketplaces are collapsing on their own.

Instead, according to many officials, it is the Trump administration that is driving much of the current instability by refusing to commit to steps to keep markets running, such as funding aid for low-income consumers or enforcing penalties for people who go without insurance.

"All this uncertainty is not helpful,” warned Blue Shield of California CEO Paul Markovich, who said health plans are being forced to make plans to raise premiums to account for the turmoil, jeopardizing Americans’ coverage.

Markovich was one of the few senior insurance officials who agreed to speak on the record, as many fear retribution from the White House or its allies.

But privately, many executives, including chief executives of major health plans, offered withering criticism of the Trump administration’s lack of leadership.

“It’s hard to know who’s home,” said one CEO. “We don’t know who is making decisions.”

 

Another chief executive said: “There seems to be no coordination or coherent planning. … It’s a mess.”

A third official observed: “There is a sense that there are no hands on the wheel and they are just letting the bus careen down the road.”

 

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JohnRussell
link   JohnRussell    4 months ago

Trump , like a broken record, says Obamacare is failing. 

Behind the scenes he is pushing the wheelchair off the cliff. 

 
Sean Treacy
link   Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell   4 months ago

Sure, It's all Trump's fault Obamacare fell woefully short of all it's targets before Trump even declared his candidacy for the Presidency. 

 
JohnRussell
link   JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy   4 months ago

"Instead, according to many officials, it is the Trump administration that is driving much of the current instability by refusing to commit to steps to keep markets running, such as funding aid for low-income consumers or enforcing penalties for people who go without insurance."

In other words the Trump administration is not enforcing the existing law. 

 
Randy
link   Randy  replied to  JohnRussell   4 months ago

A third official observed: “There is a sense that there are no hands on the wheel and they are just letting the bus careen down the road.”

The Trump Administration really is that evil. They will kill people to make their point. Sick people. The elderly. Kids. They don't care. To them the ones they murder are not human beings. They are poor so they think of them as sub-human. Where have we heard of that before? End poverty. Slaughter the sick and poor.

 
Sean Treacy
link   Sean Treacy  replied to  Randy   4 months ago

Wow. You nailed it. Republicans want to kill kids. That's the type of reasoned, sober analysis that'll win people over to your point of view. 

 
Cerenkov
link   Cerenkov  replied to  Sean Treacy   4 months ago

The over the top hysteria from leftists suggests psychosis. 

 
Sean Treacy
link   Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell   4 months ago

The markets have been unstable since they were created. Insurers have been fleeing them for years. Enrollments fell woefully short of targets since it's inception. Go back and look at all the promises that Obama made about Obamacare and compare them to the reality of the situation at the end of his tenure. Obamacare's already failed, catastrophically.

It's just a question of when democrats will admit it. 

  The worst thing you can say about Trump is that he's helping to pull the plug on a terminally ill patient.  Democrats need to wake up and realize the reality of the situation. 

 

 
JohnRussell
link   JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy   4 months ago

The problem is that Trump is trying to force everyone to accept his repeal and replace of Obamacare out of desperation rather than trying to repair it in a reasonable way. In his diseased mind he thinks that if he puts a roadblock in the middle of the railroad tracks everyone will have to jump off the train. That is Trumpism at his finest (worst). 

 
Randy
link   Randy  replied to  JohnRussell   4 months ago

Absolutely John, but there is not a repeal and replace in place. The so-called health care Bill that passed in Congress went to the Senate DOA, because it is not a health care Bill at all. All of the health care parts were removed to satisfy the far right so that all that is left is the destruction of Medicaid, throwing 24 million people off from health care altogether in the whole Bill, just to give the already rich over $300 Billion in tax cuts. They needed to pass this so the budget deficit won't take as big of a hit when further down the road their tax bill cuts taxes for the rich even more and screws everyone else even more.

What will happen is that they will force many people off from the ACA, with nothing left to offer them (since they never had a plan in the first place) and they will die.

 
Randy
link   Randy  replied to  Randy   4 months ago

They WILL force innocent men, women, children and infants to die by pushing them off from the ACA, even though their so-called "plan" has less then 17% support from the American people and they have nothing better then the ACA to offer. They are that ideological and evil.

 
Cerenkov
link   Cerenkov  replied to  Randy   4 months ago

Nope. Hysteria will not help anyone.

 

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