Trump's plans hurt the vulnerable

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Democrats in the commonwealth are expressing their concern over recent executive orders by President Donald Trump that have changed the health care landscape.

· Certain health insurance offerings-called short-term, limited duration insurance plans-are not subject to ACA coverage requirements.

It's absurd to say Obamacare is "dead". Yes, insurance companies will need some encouragement to do the right thing and lower premiums when the government is handing out free money - enter a government-run insurance option that charges actuarially-sound premiums to provide competition to drive down prices. In all but a handful of states, they submitted two sets of premium rates - a lower rate to use if the subsidies remained, and a higher rate to use if the funding was cut.

According to ehealthinsurance, the average premiums of unsubsidized individual Obamacare health insurance plans have nearly doubled (an increase of 99 percent) since 2013; Over the same time period, family premiums have increased 140 percent. That's not OK. You wrote a law.

Sister Keehan, who also is a nurse, told Catholic News Service Oct. 18 that she encourages the House and Senate to take immediate action to stabilize the insurance markets and delivery and "allow time for us to have a national conversation" about improving the health care law without letting those now covered with health insurance lost it or for "premiums to go out of sight". "And our recommendation would be that Congress does".

He's filed a partisan legal challenge to the president's move, joined by Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and other attorneys general in over a dozen states and the District of Columbia. Trump, frustrated by his inability to replace the ACA, has taken two contradictory public positions: One that the ACA is already "dead", and one that he is not responsible for any problem with the law's continued implementation. The governors' letter urges the leaders of both parties in the House and Senate to hold a vote on that proposal.

Our nation reached a critical juncture in history where Republicans are poised - after waiting seven years for their turn - to try to fix what's wrong with America's health insurance system. CBO estimated in 2017 there would be 23 million people insured through the Obamacare exchanges. Insurers have long lobbied for the tax to be repealed, resulting in a one-year delay passed by Congress at the end of 2015.

How the renewal of current customers in ACA marketplaces will be handled is one of several crucial questions about the workings of the imminent enrollment period that have remained murky as November 1 approaches. In previous years, open enrollment has run six weeks longer, through January 31.

Since the GOP couldn't repeal and replace the ACA, the President chose to disrupt insurance coverage by allowing "skinny" policies that skirt the rules of the ACA, and to take away subsidies to insurance companies that help low-income people pay for their coverage.

Instead, those costs from the lost payments are ultimately incurred by the United States taxpayers and Americans who aren't eligible for subsidies. Meanwhile, these fat cats in Washington are lining their pockets with money from the insurance companies. Asked why some insurers were announcing premium hikes, they said that the jury was out.

Additionally, Fisher said customers should know that the other type of subsidy available on Vermont Health Connect - advance premium tax credits, which help people pay their monthly premiums - is not affected by Trump's decision.