The attached article – Donald Trump Walks Back His Stance On Obamacare shows a possible change in direction of the incoming administration and it’s not totally unexpected.
There are so many people covered by insurance now that were never covered before it would almost be impossible to unwind what’s already been done and put something else in place that does not look like just about the same thing. You know that old saying…if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck…its a duck. Maybe its a Trump duck instead of an Obama duck….but its still a duck.
The affordable care act (Obamacare) was based on a few core principles. The most important ones in my opinion are…
1. No one should be turned down for any pre-existing medical condition
2. People who could not afford insurance would get subsidies or some kind of assistance to help with the cost
3. Everyone would be required to have insurance that consists of what is called MEC (Minimum Essential Coverage). This is also called the “Individual mandate”
It’s these principles that define Obamacare. Everything else in my opinion, surrounds these principles and if changed, really does not effect the basic core principles. Some examples of things that could be changed that would lower the cost of coverage to most people include….
– Should pregnancy coverage be included in all policies?
– Should mental health coverage be included in all policies?
– Should rehab coverage be included in all policies?
Maybe these coverage’s should be options like when you buy a car. Everyone gets the basic car but if you want a radio it’s extra, if you want bigger tires it’s extra, if you want a sunroof it’s extra, you get the point.
I think we need to bring healthcare coverage back to its original intent, to cover you for what you want to be covered for and not what the government says that you should be covered for. Of course everyone should have at least basic well-care and hospitalization coverage but should everyone have to pay for all the options?
Read the article HERE