POLITICO article The Trump administration on Monday released a detailed plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s “death panels” after months of criticism from Democrats.
The new plan, which is expected to be formally unveiled on Tuesday, would replace the federal insurance exchange system with a state-run system.
The plan, called the “Health Insurance Modernization Act,” would replace much of the existing insurance market with a single-payer system.
It would eliminate many of the subsidies that help people buy insurance, but would give states more flexibility in deciding how to distribute those subsidies to people who buy their own plans.
The plan would also replace the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, known as “affordable” care coverage, with a “coverage expansion” to give states flexibility to expand their Medicaid programs and provide more support for people with disabilities.
Under the plan, states could decide to opt out of the expansion entirely or to increase their contributions toward it.
President Donald Trump on Monday announced his plan to replace the Affordable Healthcare Act, which has been the subject of intense criticism from liberals and some Republicans, and called for a repeal of it.
The Affordable Care and COVID-19 Act (ACA) is the first major overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system since the passage of the landmark 1965 Civil Rights Act.
The ACA provides health insurance to millions of Americans, while creating the foundation for the creation of the single-payment health insurance market.
“We’re going to make sure that everyone has access to affordable, high-quality health care,” Trump said Monday on the final day of his State of the Union address.
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Trump called the plan a “big, big change.”
The plan would “end the death panels,” he said.
Trump said the new system would be better for Americans than the current system, and that it would give them the “same choices.”
The president said he’s optimistic the Republican-led Congress will pass his proposal, which he called a “very conservative” plan.
“It’s a very conservative plan, and I think the Democrats will be happy with it,” Trump told CNN’s “State of the President” on Sunday.
But Democrats said Trump’s plan is still “dangerous” because it’s based on a proposal that’s been rejected by the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Service.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, on Monday called the new plan “dangerously” radical.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, called on the president to stop his plan, saying it would “devastate millions of people.”
“If Trump wants to protect millions of poor, sick people, let him protect them, because the people who are going to be hurt by this are the poor, the sick and the elderly,” Graham said in a statement Monday.
“Instead of protecting those who need help, this reckless plan will make things worse for the poor and sick and will drive millions of families out of health insurance.”
Graham’s statement comes as Trump, at a Monday afternoon press conference, made clear that the plan he plans to unveil Tuesday is not going to repeal or replace the entire ACA.
He reiterated his claim that the ACA is the single greatest accomplishment of our time.
He said that the new “insurance marketplace” will include people who can’t afford coverage and will be covered by Medicaid, which covers the poorest people in the country.
A “cooperative federal government” is a term used to describe the federal government.
It’s used in the bill Trump announced on Sunday, but does not include a “single-payer” system.
Some Republicans, like Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, who has long been a critic of the ACA, have said that Trump’s “cooperatively federal government system” would “kill our health care system.”
“I think he is very smart to come out and say that the American people deserve a better, more comprehensive plan,” Rubio told CNN Sunday.
“But I don’t think that’s going to happen unless we actually have a real, bold plan to do it,” he added.
Republicans have been pushing for repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act, or ACA, since early last year.
Democrats, particularly Sens.
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have been fighting to make the law more affordable and more affordable-friendly.