Boulder County commissioners warn about effects of proposed federal health care overhaul

Posted March 28, 2017

Without the mandatory coverage of essential benefits, the health law's limits on out-of-pocket spending would be "essentially meaningless" because it applies only to those essential services, according to a blog post on Thursday by Timothy Jost, an Emeritus law professor at Washington and Lee University.

In addition, the repeal of a requirement that people buy health insurance is not the same thing as the government taking away their insurance, he said. The research found job growth accelerated in states with the biggest increases in coverage, such as California and Nevada.

"We need benefits to make insurance meaningful", said Dr. John S. Meigs Jr., president of the family physicians association.

Several news outlets reported Thursday afternoon that House Republican leaders chose to delay the vote in the face of opposition from many in their own party, possibly for a day.

If Congress cuts federal funding for Medicaid in the way laid out in the Republican bill now under consideration, Colorado would have to spend between $700 million and $1 billion to offset that reduction, the commissioners said. In 2016, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, health care costs were $10,345 per person and rising.

"The result will be more seniors moving to long-term care more quickly, which will become more costly to Medicare, Medicaid and the health system as a whole", the commissioners wrote.

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The AMA will continue working with Congress to increase the number of Americans with quality, affordable health insurance, but this bill, as now drafted, pushes policy in the wrong direction. One plan offered a maternity rider that cost more than $1,600 a month on top of the regular premium. If she had to worry about health care in addition to the aches and pains of aging, life would be very hard, she said.

That's because insurers know that only those expecting to have children will buy the coverage. The point of including essential health benefits in the ACA is to spread the risk of all medical conditions across the entire population. We look forward to having more discussions today on the health care bill, and that's why I think you don't see a vote.

In 2013 I lost my job and, consequently, my health insurance.

"Before the ACA, plans often had skimpier benefits".

Meadows said he has been in touch with Senate Republicans. The only insurance available to me in Nebraska would cost more than half my small income. The president even called Mark Meadows in the middle of the Wednesday evening Freedom Caucus meeting, Meadows said. The American health care system for years has been a jerry-rigged disaster combining elements of feckless private enterprise with bureaucratic government oversight. Many analysts say that could lead to a degradation of the quality of health insurance as companies develop plans for states that have the fewest rules.