Affordable Care Act survives third Supreme Court challenge, as case from Trump administration and GOP-led states is rejected
The key issue was whether a 2017 decision by Congress to remove the penalty for not buying health insurance — the so-called individual mandate — meant that the law was unconstitutional and should be wiped from the books.washingtonpost.com
Insurance marketplace reopens for those who lost health care during COVID pandemic
DETROIT – Fulfilling a campaign promise, President Joe Biden plans to reopen the HealthCare.gov insurance markets for a special sign-up opportunity geared to people needing coverage in the coronavirus pandemic. Read: Biden to reopen ‘Obamacare’ markets for COVID-19 reliefYet there are many questions and also concerns about what coverage will be available and at what cost to the user and taxpayers. The Dearborn-based social services organization works to help people navigate the health care changes coming. This will allow those who have lost their insurance due to the pandemic to sign up for coverage. “For President Biden, this is personal,” reads a statement from a White House spokesperson.
Biden says 'it's an embarrassment' that Trump won't concede with transition under way
WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden said Tuesday that the Trump administration's refusal to authorize the start of the official transition process "does not in any way change the dynamic of what we're able to do." "We have already started the transition; we are well under way," Biden said at a press conference in Wilmington, Delaware. Asked what he thought of President Donald Trump's refusal so far to concede, Biden said: "I just think it's an embarrassment, quite frankly." Biden also said he was not reliant on the federal government authorizing funding for the transition or on having access to federal agencies. So far, the Trump administration has signaled to the Executive Branch that they are not to engage in any way with the Biden transition effort.cnbc.com
Heidi Heitkamp op-ed: Working-class voters, your ballot is your health, and the stakes are higher than ever
However, as Becerra recognizes, taking away health care for patients during a pandemic would only worsen our health crisis. The focus now must be on curtailing the high costs of health care for both urban and rural Americans. The U.S. has the highest per capita health-care spending in the world but lags behind other developed nations in health outcomes and life expectancy. Trump's plan to repeal the ACA, without any alternative, will leave millions of Americans lacking health coverage and facing exorbitantly high out-of-pocket costs. Instead of going backward on health coverage, we need to expand the ACA to alleviate the individual health care burden.cnbc.com
Trust Index: Fact-checking claims on health care from first Trump-Biden debate
Health care remains a top issue for voters, particularly during the spread of the coronavirus as millions lost their jobs and health insurance over the course of pandemic. According to the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation roughly 25 million people get their health care through the federal ACA marketplace or the ACA’s Medicaid expansion. Here’s one from President Trump about Biden’s plan:“The bigger problem that you have is that you’re going to extinguish 180 million people with their private health care,” Trump said. While estimates differ, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services do estimate that roughly 180 million Americans have private health insurance. Biden’s plan creates a public option for low income Americans but does not get rid of private insurance.
With a jab at Trump, Pelosi unveils new 'Obamacare' bill
On Thursday, the Trump administration is expected to file papers with the Supreme Court arguing that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Trying to overturn a health insurance expansion providing coverage to about 20 million people was wrong any time, Pelosi said. It would financially squeeze some states that have refused to expand Medicaid under the health law. Democrats won control of the House in 2018 on their defense of the health care law. Republicans at all levels own this lawsuits attack on Americans health care, said the memo.
1st deadlines for laid-off workers to get health insurance
WASHINGTON Many laid-off workers who lost health insurance in the coronavirus shutdown soon face the first deadlines to qualify for fallback coverage under the Affordable Care Act. We are in the middle of a pandemic, and God forbid if I get sick and I don't have it," she said of her health insurance. They can go to the federal HealthCare.gov or their state's health insurance website. The federal-state Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid cover kids in families with incomes well above the poverty level. Government statistics on people losing and finding health insurance coverage in the coronavirus contraction won't be available for months.