Healthcare Insurance

Fernando Mendez | 3/9/2017, 10:37 a.m.
Healthcare Insurance
El nuevo sistema de salud podría ser una versión light del Obamacare | Foto Cortesía

Trump is meeting with conservative leaders to talk about healthcare or more specifically about how to repeal Obamacare. This administration is determined to repeal the ACA in spite of growing evidence that the problems that exist will be solved in the long run, that it will be cost effective and that it has enrolled more than 20 million people who otherwise would have no insurance. Speaker Ryan also has spoken in support of repealing ACA and says that “I have worked my whole life,” for a comprehensive reform of our healthcare system. At this point even Republicans are expressing opposition to what many are calling “Obamacare light,” arguing that it doesn’t go far enough and that it will not fulfill the promises the party made to the voters. “Business and conservative groups have been very supportive,” said Sean Spicer said in response to a question at a White House briefing. He added that right now healthcare is on an “uneven field,” adding that the poor at the one who suffer the most and the new law the Trump government is proposing is intended to level the playing field. And he reiterated that the plan will remove the mandated insurance part of Obamacare which made employers dislike the system. The White House says that the proposal will give American more choices in healthcare. Spicer said that in order to help a small group of people “we affected the entire healthcare system,” and that in many states people have fewer choices and sometimes no choice at all.

After having made so many promises regarding the repeal of Obamacare, the Trump administration has stalled as a result of the many distractions created by Trump himself with so many controversial tweets about the leaks and about how Obama wired Trump Tower. Speaker Paul Ryan and the other Republican leaders must be frustrated by the many distractions caused by the ill timed and ill tempered remarks that have distracted the government form carrying out an agenda. Insurance companies and governors are coming to meet in Washington to discuss the plan to replace Obamacare. “How many people will be covered, “ is not the right question. “The approach that we are taking is how we will get people the care that theys need,” said Spicer. He also said the president is aggressively promoting the program contacting all the interested parties and gathering as much information as possible in order to come up with the best possible choice. Those are nice words, but the concern from Democrats and others is that the new law may disemfranchise some of the people that benefitted from Obamacare. CNBC reported that the government has granted a 400 million tax break to healthcare insurance executives over the next decade. Under the new law companies would be allowed to deduct the full value of executive compensation in their taxes. If that is true, then there is every reason to believe that the new proposal not only will not benefit the poor but it will be another example of how this government wants to protect the rich at the expense of the taxpayers. Trump brags about being a deal maker. This is not a great deal for the tax payers.

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