Trump taps 'Obamacare' foe, champion of privatizing Medicare


Trump taps 'Obamacare' foe, champion of privatizing Medicare

Price introduced the Empowering Patients First Act to the 113th Congress (2013-14) - described on his website as "legislation that fully repeals Obamacare and starts over with patient-centered solutions".

Plus, Unterman noted there are portions of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law - such as provisions barring insurers from withholding coverage because of a preexisting condition - that are broadly accepted as valuable.

The cautionary comments from Senator Lamar Alexander came after House Speaker Paul Ryan, long an advocate of privatize Medicare, said Republican lawmakers would be discussing reforms of the health insurance program for the elderly with President-elect Donald Trump's administration. Republicans frequently talk about plans to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, but most are slim on details. Some of the changes Trump and Price will likely sadden Obamacare supporters.

President-elect Donald Trump is intent on repealing Obamacare, but almost half of Americans say they aren't so keen on dismantling the health care reform law.

He could undo the mandate requiring people to have health insurance: In 2012, the Supreme Court decided that the most controversial part of Obamacare was constitutional: The requirement that people must get insured by leveraging tax penalties on the uninsured.

Even the law's program for providing federal aid to states to help them expand their Medicaid programs for the poor is supported by 80 percent of Americans.

HSAs represent more choice and more freedom when it comes to how individuals make their health care decisions, representative of the overall vision that Dr. Price has for health care, which is that the individual should have more control over the process, not the government.

For those who do not maintain that care, Price's plan would institute state-level high-risk pools to help cover them. Price's plan structures tax credits based on age brackets - $1,200 for people ages 18 to 35 and up to $3,000 for those 50 and older. During his first public interview on 60 Minutes, he made it clear that he would not repeal Obamacare without a replacement that would take effect immediately. "He is the ideal man if you want to dismantle Obamacare and that is a very hard - and it will be a drawn-out - process that Price has been working on since before Obamacare was passed". His proposal would also allow insurers to sell policies across state line, boost incentives for health savings accounts, and create high-risk pools to help individuals afford coverage, while barring assistance for almost all abortions.

Richard Pollack, the president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, says the administration shouldn't make "any abrupt changes that could lead to significant instability for patients, providers, insurers and others". Democrats should not object to him simply because they dislike the direction he wants to take health-care policy.

But there are questions about what this will do to the individual insurance market in the meantime.

In total, Price's proposal bears much of the same hallmarks of plans from Republican other congressional leaders, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, who called Price the "absolute flawless choice" for the position in Trump's Cabinet. "There's a genuine desire to have us coalesce around a single plan so that the American people can see who's trying to solve these challenges".

Candidate Trump, said he would not allow people to "die on the street", which, along with his vows not to touch entitlements like Medicare.