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Published: Thu, December 08, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

House majority leader asks for input on Obamacare reform


All of us should be ashamed that we have not elected enlightened and responsible representatives to our state government.

For many South Dakotans returning to healthcare.gov this year, the numbers are pretty shocking.

- About 41,000 Iowans who pay full price for health insurance outside of the marketplace could be eligible for tax credits if they purchase a 2017 plan through HealthCare.gov instead.

Additionally, some will find fewer options. If 2o million Americans lose coverage as a result, support for repeal falls to just 20 percent.

He; his wife, Gina; and children, Sawyer and Scarlett, have Obamacare insurance. U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., the proposed secretary of health and human services, announced recently that Medicare is due for an overhaul, according to The Hill ("Overnight Healthcare: GOP eyes repeal and delay for ObamaCare", Nov. 17).

The 50-page study, written by several leading healthcare researchers, offers the most comprehensive projections yet on a post-ObamaCare landscape in the wake of Trump's election. While around a dozen minor Obamacare repeals and reforms have been signed into law, this legislation is ultimately beyond fix.

"Delaying the effective date of repeal while a replacement is worked out likely won't be enough to assure the stability and sustainability of the individual market", wrote Shari Westerfield, the group's vice president for health care practice. Still, we put the option on his desk; he chose to veto it. If confirmed by the Senate, he'll be a leading figure in Republican efforts to repeal the health care law.

That grim prediction by the Urban Institute was laid out as Trump prepares to assume the presidency and as Republicans make plans to repeal Obamacare during the next session of Congress in 2017.

Over 10 million people have bought individual plans on state marketplaces.

-Allow interstate competition among insurance firms to broaden choice and reduce costs. However, some professors and political experts do not believe that the Republicans want to repeal the law because there are also provisions and implementing rules and regulations of the law that they actually appreciate.

Because it's easier to focus on Obama than on care, those looking to scuttle the law have forgotten that it comes with benefits not previously afforded to Americans, poor or rich. "As a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committees I will closely examine his record and pose questions regarding these and other vital issues in order to protect seniors and families in Pennsylvania". A key industry worry is that a repeal law would get rid of subsidies and mandates but still leave insurers on the hook for covering people with health problems.

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