Administration’s ACA Stance Could Cause Problems

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The insurance industry trade group America's Health Insurance Plans warned that eliminating ACA's major protections would be "destabilizing" to the market and drive premiums even higher. AHIP signaled it will file an amicus brief in the case, officially siding with a group of states that have stepped in to defend the law's constitutionality.

The administration wants a federal court to strike the protections, has asked a U.S. District Court in Texas to strike the most popular part of the ACA. 

Other lawmakers pointed to past support for policies to prevent insurance companies from denying or dropping people with pre-existing conditions.

During last year's repeal debate, pre-existing conditions protections was left in place after fiery town hall meetings with constituents. This legal move threatens to revive those tensions and overshadow positive policies such as tax cuts.

Texas and several Republican-led states brought the ACA challenge, arguing that the elimination of individual mandate penalties — which the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 were valid under Congress's taxing power — invalidated the constitutionality of all of the ACA. The administration agreed that the mandate was unconstitutional and that the consumer protections should be wiped out, but most of the rest of the law should remain in place.

It is unclear how soon the U.S. District Court judge may respond to the administration's request. If the courts strike the provision, the ruling would all but certainly be appealed.

In several states insurance companies have already requested double-digit premium increases for 2019. The industry has blamed the administration decisions to undermine the health law, such as cutting off a key subsidy program to help low-income people pay their out-of-pocket health expenses.

The insurance industry trade group America's Health Insurance Plans swiftly broke with the administration, warning that eliminating the ACA's major protections would be "destabilizing" to the market and drive premiums even higher. AHIP signaled it will file an amicus brief in the case, officially siding with the blue states that have stepped in to defend the law's constitutionality.

Source:Politico 

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Thursday, 13 December 2018