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Published: Thu, April 06, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Most young people say gov't should pay for health care


Insurance companies are tweaking policies in an effort to get those people to enroll. They could buy skimpy plans with low premiums.

The shift also comes after a number of polls have showed increasing popularity for the law, as well as the failure of the Republican Party to pass their repeal and replacement bill - the American Health Care Act - through the House.

"While we haven't picked up any votes yet, this concept is already showing signs of losing a ton of them", a senior Republican source said.

Technically, this is correct and probably obvious to most people. He said the provision would effectively result in a return to the days before ObamaCare, when people with pre-existing conditions were routinely denied coverage. I don't know. But a no is a no, and I'm happy about that. Rand Paul to his Virginia golf course on Sunday to talk health policy with the outspoken critic of the failed plan to repeal and replace so-called Obamacare.

"I appreciate the state's rights argument but recognize that there's a reason behind community rating and the benefit that it brings to the insurance reforms", he told reporters.

Republicans were most opposed to the latter two provisions of Obamacare: the individual mandate and Medicaid expansion.

Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), the head of the Republican Study Committee, appeared skeptical that any agreement is imminent.

Like Obamacare before it, the leadership's bill was created to appeal to only one side of the American political spectrum.

And they will never face such interests until we, the people, demand it.

Part of their frustration is with the piecemeal nature of this week's negotiations, which have been led by the White House and were mostly directed at the conservatives who blocked the Obamacare repeal bill last month.

Pence has taken and increasingly large role in the process, according to several lawmakers and aides involved in the process. About 16% lacked coverage throughout 2014, the first year of most of the Affordable Care Act provisions - a substantial improvement from the 21% lacking continuous coverage the year before.

The details of the proposal will be crucial. The conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, developed this idea.

Recent news accounts indicate that the Trump Administration and House Republicans are attempting to revive legislative attempts that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That's why its resurrection, and the concomitant horse-trading, should be read first as an effort to reroute right-wing outrage, which is now directed at the House Republicans, toward the Senate.

"The president would like to see this done", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday.

"Recently, I only had two choices from the same company", said Quinlan, a spokesman for the Alliance for Healthcare Security. And they're planning to campaign on how much they hate it. "But I think that there are more and more people coming to the table with more and more ideas about to grow that vote", he said.

But Michael Cannon, director of health policy at the Cato Institute and a proponent of reducing insurance regulations, suggested that activists might block changes under the current version of the bill in many states.

Republicans also discussed changes to "community rating" requirements that now allow insurers to vary their prices for a limited number of reasons, such as smoking status and age.

In other words - it blocks insurers from hiking prices for people with pre-existing conditions. Insurers are hampered in critical ways by other requirements in the law that limit the types of plans they can offer, he said, citing maximum out-of-pocket spending limits for consumers (currently $7,150 for an individual plan and $14,300 for a family plan), maximum deductibles (the same as the spending limits), and being prohibited from offering plans with even lower actuarial values.

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