Following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday, GOP senators said they are going to resume negotiations on the Obamacare repeal bill.
Though the margin for success is perhaps narrower than expected, the fight to repeal Obamacare is one worth having. It may be painful, but the consequences of failure will be much worse.
The Senate health bill released Thursday would repeal both the individual and the employer mandate penalties. Also, it contains provisions to lower premiums and increase the availability of insurance plans, and it would make it much easier for states to control their own health insurance markets.
A public panel discussion held in Burlington City Hall’s Contois Auditorium on Tuesday focused on health care costs in Vermont and aired fears about the repeal of Obamacare on Capitol Hill.
“This is further proof that the Affordable Care Act is failing. Insurers continue to flee the exchanges, causing Americans to lose their choice for health insurance or lose their coverage all together.”
A handful of health insurance companies, from Blue Cross Blue Shield to smaller state-specific Obamacare insurance providers like ConnectiCare, are asking for premium increases of 20 percent or higher for the fiscal year 2018.
Some 35,000 people purchasing insurance on the Obamacare exchanges in 45 counties across the U.S. could have no insurance providers to choose from in 2018.