Tuesday was busiest day on N.Y.'s Obamacare exchange

Feb 04, 2017, 00:36
Tuesday was busiest day on N.Y.'s Obamacare exchange

Former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and it has always been opposed by Republicans.

He promised the care would be better, and the cost would be less; much less.

Recently, Trump, Paul Ryan and Rand Paul said they want to offer health insurance to "the most amount of people at the least amount of cost".

Democrats and other supporters will argue that any increase in enrollment shows that Obamacare has been effective, despite years of sustained criticism.

Numerous reforms the Legislature included in the Medicaid law it passed previous year depend on parts of the Affordable Care Act.

Republicans on Capitol Hill are deeply divided about how and when to repeal the law, and what to replace it with. Not just for working families but for our region's health care industry and the economy as a whole.

About 16,500 North Country residents gained health-insurance coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act, Dr. Joel Wolkowicz, CVPH medical director of cardiology, noted in a recent letter to the Press-Republican, including many of his own patients. Over the past few months, hundreds of thousands of Americans have had their health plans cancelled, many for the second time or have drastically seen their premiums increased by 50 percent and more.

While repeal of the law is under discussion in Congress, it is not expected to occur quickly or to affect health coverage this year.

The CVPH leader also has serious concerns about the idea of transforming Medicaid from an entitlement program into a block-grant program, which the Trump administration has said is part of its health-care reform plan.

Meanwhile, lawmakers have not reached an agreement about what could replace Obamacare. That's what the American people expect us to do - and they expect us to do it quickly.

Open enrollment for health insurance through the NY state's exchange ends Tuesday, Jan. 31. He says insurance companies have changed to accommodate the demands of the ACA.

"But they would likely react by getting a lot more conservative and raising rates", he said. "In other words, does not take away coverage from the people who have it under this law", Carnes said.

The 29-year-old grad student says she was dropped from her previous insurance because of her pre-existing condition; that was before Obamacare.

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