GOP tax plan will cause health insurance rates to spike

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If the Republicans manage to pass their tax plan as is expected this week, coverage may get much pricier. If Republicans successfully pass the GOP tax plan this week – and the expectation is that it will – health insurance could become much more expensive for Americans, say opponents. The final version of the Republican plan will repeal the individual insurance mandate of the ACA. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires Americans who don’t have health insurance coverage through their employers, other groups, Medicare or Medicaid, to purchase coverage for…

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Democrats call Trump’s birth control insurance plan unconstitutional

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The administration plans to roll back yet another one of Obama’s health coverage requirements. The Trump administrations strategy to undo a requirement for employers to provide workers with birth control insurance in their health plans is a religious endorsement and it is unconstitutional, say a group consisting of 19 Democratic state attorneys general. The reason is that Trump’s plan allows an employer’s religious objections to block an employee’s coverage. Trump’s plan gives employers the opportunity to stop their employees from receiving birth control insurance on religious or moral grounds. The…

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Health insurance disclosure is required on tax returns to avoid I.R.S. rejection

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The Internal Revenue Service announced its intentions to step up the enforcement of the ACA tax penalty. Even as President Trump works to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the I.R.S. has taken steps to enforce health insurance disclosure on tax filings. The Internal Revenue Service revealed new regulations that will automatically reject digital filings in which insured status is not revealed. This latest announcement reveals an intention to strengthen components of former President Obama’s health care law. The Affordable Care Act already requires health insurance disclosure when taxes are filed.…

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GOP opposition to ACA subsidies suspends bipartisan health care agreement

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Just after bipartisan senators released an eleventh hour effort to save medical coverage, it ground to a halt. A bipartisan effort to rescue the American health care system following President Donald Trump’s annihilation of the ACA subsidies has stalled. Though the agreement had been underway, hours later, it was suspended as the president sent mixed signals and Republicans either opposed it or failed to endorse it. The agreement was created due to a sense of urgency to recover after key payments to insurance companies were withdrawn. As President Trump was…

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Trump ends health care subsidies and places Congress under high pressure

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The President’s decision to cut off payments vital to making insurance plans affordable is creating turmoil. Before the start of the weekend, President Trump decided to singlehandedly eliminate the health care subsidies central to the Affordable Care Act. The move takes away money critical to making sure lower income Americans can afford the coverage they need. Trump’s decision was made to try to put pressure on Congress to repeal the ACA, despite many prior failures. The health care subsidies were added to President Obama’s reforms to protect consumers against the…

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Trump says health insurance executive order will offer “great, great” coverage

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The President has promised Americans that their options will improve once he reduces policy restrictions. President Donald Trump says that once his health insurance executive order is signed, Americans will see more plan options. The order is designed to reduce restrictions for policy buying across state lines. The executive order will be signed likely this week, said Trump when speaking from the Oval Office. The specific details of the health insurance executive order have not yet been released. Trump said it was “very simple in one way, but intricate in…

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ACA birth control insurance requirement undermined by Trump administration

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The White House has cut into regulations under the Affordable Care Act that employers cover certain women’s contraception. Right before the weekend, President Donald Trump’s administration cut into the Affordable Care Act’s requirements for birth control insurance from employer sponsored health plans. This step was taken as a follow-through with a promise Trump had made to his conservative Christian supporters during his campaign. The new rules will allow companies and nonprofits to register moral objections in order to receive an exemption. The updated birth control insurance regulations were issued by…

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Trump won’t admit defeat after yet another failed Senate GOP health care vote

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Despite the fact that the president has been repeatedly unsuccessful repealing the ACA, he won’t give up. Senate Republicans kicked the latest health care vote to the curb, giving up on their most recent effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That said, President Donald Trump is determined to keep trying to get rid of Obamacare in its current form. Opposition within the Republican party itself led to the termination of the Graham-Cassidy bill. Senate Republicans gave up on the health care vote meant to repeal the Affordable Care Act.…

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Congressional Budget Office accuses Trump administration policies of hurting ACA

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A new report from the CBO predicts that uninsured American numbers will rise under President Trump. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released a report predicting that Trump’s health care policies will be to the detriment of the Affordable Care Act’s success. Despite the GOP’s efforts to overturn the ACA, the Trump Administration’s policies will foster rising premiums and falling enrollment in individual health insurance markets in 2018. The report suggested that the President Donald Trump’s strategy is causing direct harm to health care. Trump had said that his strategy…

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GOP health care repeal fails again, frustrating Republicans

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Party members have been expressing their disappointment, embarrassment and irritation with their leaders. Following the latest health care repeal failure, Republicans are expressing their frustration, embarrassment and even fear to their party leaders. Many have now stated that they feel the promise their party has been making for years – to remove significant portions of the Affordable Care Act – is as close to death as it has ever been. President trump has blamed the Democrats and “a few Republicans” for defeating this central component of his agenda. The Affordable…

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