The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg opens up the possibility that Trump could add another conservative judiciary to the Supreme Court that could provide the decisive voice for the abolition of the health law and disruption of the country’s health system.
The second order is that if Congress doesn’t correct it by the end of the year, the government will ban unexpected bills.
The measures come after the president repeatedly pledged to unveil a comprehensive health plan, and polls showed Trump is way behind Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on this matter.
Senior administrators described the order as establishing a national policy on pre-existing terms, although Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, on a call with reporters, admitted that the administration would need to work with Congress to replace the protection when Obamacare is knocked down.
Pointing out the high cost of Obamacare plans, Azar argued that if people with chronic illnesses cannot afford their premiums or deductibles, they don’t really cover pre-existing conditions.
“If you’re a 55-year-old married couple who live in Missouri and make $ 70,000 a year, the Affordable Care Act will cost you $ 30,000 in premiums with a deductible of $ 12,000,” Azar said. “I’m sorry, this is not affordable coverage.”
Obamacare put safeguards in place for the sickest Americans to prevent health plans from denying them coverage. Trump has repeatedly promised a new replacement plan, stating that the health law is not enforceable.
The “surprise billing” policy is also not expected to resolve a longstanding dispute over patient exemption due to sometimes fluctuating bills for emergencies or off-network treatment.
Rather than suggesting a billing revision, Azar said Trump would instruct his department to “investigate” executive and regulatory measures that could be taken to prevent both hospitals and doctors who practice there from sending those expensive bills.
“These special stakeholders need to sort it out and figure out how it would work. There have been legislative packages that got pretty close to the hill, but the president says the time is now, “Azar said.
But the healthcare industry and Congress haven’t been able to reach consensus for over a year. Efforts to address surprise medical bills were so controversial that one person who appeared to represent a group of medical specialists dialed into a press conference Thursday to criticize the executive’s order, arguing that California law restricts the practice , “Insurance companies dictate what doctors can get. “
Azar pushed back on the idea that the White House had watered down its announcement. Several sources believed that the administration was weighing up whether to remove doctors and hospitals that sent “surprise bills” from the Medicare and Medicaid programs, a major source of income for healthcare providers.