I seem to recall the GOP suing the Obama Administration for cost sharing reduction subsidies without appropriation approval through Congress - and winning (which was in appeal), because that is not how our government is set up. Appropriations of our tax dollars are supposed to go through the legislative process - one of the differences between a democracy and a dictatorship.
Trump's announcement last Friday that he has signed an executive order to not pay those cost sharing reduction subsidies to insurers, stating his administration is heeding the advice of the Justice Department, may stick, even in light of the lawsuits that are racking up. There is the sticky point that the insurers were promised those payments by a former administration, and changing horses in the middle of the stream may still end up in legal quick sand, but there also is a legal standing.
Now Trump's other health care related executive orders - selling insurance across state lines and the right to purchase health care plans through formed associations, with some other items added in - the jury is still out.
What can you do? I sound like a broken record, I know - but we deserve transparent, affordable, accessible, high quality health care in America, and until we are dealing with those issues, we won't get it. Tell your public servants in Washington that we need consumer-driven health care.
I realize I'm in health insurance, but just imagine what would happen if there were no more health insurance and no more employer health care benefits and no government practicing medicine without a license. Wham! It's all gone. What would happen? We would immediately have affordable health care because it would be back to the providers and the patients - us. Providers, pharmaceuticals, and everyone else in the health care industry could no longer hide behind insurers or employers or the government - they would immediately have to figure out how to provide us with their services at prices we could afford.
Now, I realize health insurance serves an important purpose, but you see my point. Maybe I, health insurance, the government, and employee health benefits need to take a year-long vacation. When we come back, rested and refreshed, bet you the health care industry has figured out how to do or die. Bet you consumers then have the transparency and the quality competitive choices they need to shop effectively for the health care that is right for them.
I repeat - tell your public servants in Washington that we need consumer-driven health care - everyone except doctors need to stop practicing medicine without a license - and they need to put their eye on the right ball - health care transparency, affordability, accessibility, and quality.
Oh, and there's no room for loner cowboys. This is a democracy, for the people and by the people. We want our democratic system honored, respected, and intact. We elected all of you - not just one of you. Stop acting like Washington is a sandbox. Grow up and get 'er done - together.