Repealing ACA will have consequences

When PolitiFact Wisconsin looked at some of the promises made by President Obama, the law came up short.

And that should be a concern to more than 23,000 Alaskans taking advantage of Medicaid expansion.

Mario and Irene Gonzalez have been managing as best they can without health insurance.

Two conservative House members issued a shot across the bow against any attempts to shrink the scope of Republicans' repeal of the Affordable Care Act, in a statement that "strongly" encouraged that the coming legislation to dismantle the law go at least as far as a 2015 Obamacare repeal bill. The program's health insurance policies are legal contracts that guarantee coverage through the year's end.

Approximately 9.2 million people signed up for 2017 coverage through Healthcare.gov, a decrease from 9.6 million enrollments in 2016, the Trump administration announced Friday afternoon.

Be sure and try our new SNOWCAST APP! Aetna Inc, Anthem Inc and Cigna Corp this week urged changes in Obamacare individual plan regulations in the next few weeks, in time for them to decide if they will sell the products in 2018.They want stricter oversight of eligibility and enrollment periods, as well as other changes.

The IHCIA was permanently reauthorized in 2010 when the Affordable Care Act took effect.

This is a room of the ACA House we need to remodel - maybe down to the studs.

Some Republicans want to reshape and cut Medicaid, which provides health coverage to lower-earning people, but others represent states that expanded it under Obama's statute. Some of the primary advantages being that more folks have access to health care than they did before, someone can not be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, and prescription drug costs are lower. One of the bills would attempt to ensure that people with pre-existing conditions won't be denied coverage, if those ACA protections are lost as part of the Obamacare repeal efforts.

I advocate taking insurance companies and the profits they make out of the picture and moving to a single-payer national health care system along the lines of Medicare, which works well and affordably for our seniors. Based on the performance analysis we did earlier this year, I'd expect that about 35 percent of that enrollment or about 350,000 people were lost due to Trump shutting down the bulk of the outreach budget days before the deadline, .

According to Bernie Sanders in his book, "Our Revolution", "We spend $3.2 trillion a year on health care" (p. 321).