While many healthcare industry groups are unhappy about the Republican tax cut bill, primary-care physicians and dentists in independent practices may be smiling because they could see sharply lower personal taxes.
Congressional Republicans are still actively trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, most recently folding repeal of the individual mandate into the tax reform bill. Instead of "repeal and replace," the strategy appears to be "co-opt and confuse."
'Tis the season of miracles. A year that began with lumps of coal for the healthcare industry ends with Christmas presents wrapped in ribbons of cautious optimism.
The settlement, if approved by the federal appeals court, would allow the state attorneys general to continue their fight to resurrect the cost-sharing subsidies for insurers.
Loss of the individual mandate, loosened regulation of short-term plans feared by healthcare industry
The tax bill's repeal of the Affordable Care Act individual mandate combined with the expansion of short-term health plans could deliver a severe blow to the ACA-regulated individual market serving nearly 20 million Americans.
Uncertainty marks the end-of-year negotiations to authorize CHIP, Medicare extenders; insurers anticipate repeal of certain ACA taxes.
Establishing an alternative continuous coverage mechanism could soften the coverage losses from repealing the ACA's individual mandate as part of the GOP tax cut bill. But so far politics has gotten in the way of considering that.
Wisconsin's Ron Johnson became the first Republican senator to say he opposes his party's tax bill, signaling potential problems for GOP leaders as the House passed its similar tax package.
Senate Republicans have a good chance of passing a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate as part of their tax cut legislation, even though healthcare industry groups are lobbying hard against it, political observers say.
Senate Republican leaders appear increasingly likely to include a repeal of the ACA's individual mandate in their tax overhaul legislation.
Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) have drafted legislation that critics say will make it easier for states to offer fewer healthcare coverage options at higher costs.
Tuesday's elections in Maine and Virginia brought victories for supporters of expanding Medicaid to low-income adults, bolstering the hopes of expansion advocates across the country.