With President Donald Trump’s health care reform legislation set to take effect next week, health care policy experts and analysts say the administration should work to expand the number of providers and lower costs to consumers.
Trump has made it clear that he wants to create a single, unified, and publicly funded health care system.
While that would likely require a federal bailout for the country, experts say that’s unlikely to happen in the immediate future.
Health care experts agree that if the Affordable Care Act was the blueprint for Trumpcare, then the president’s plan is the blueprint.
The White House is trying to make a case for its new health care plan as a way to help reduce costs and boost enrollment in 2018 and beyond, but experts say the president has been too busy focusing on health care to take a look at its details.
“He’s not looking at the whole picture,” said Brian Fung, director of health policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
“This is a huge, complicated bill.”
The new healthcare bill would be a “reform-driven bill” and will likely have some tweaks, but it would not be a fully-fledged reform, Fung said.
The president’s health plan is already designed to help those with preexisting conditions and lower premiums.
Fung pointed to several of the key provisions of Trumpcare: A plan to provide Medicaid funding for individuals, families, and small businesses; tax credits for employers; a “premium support” program that would pay insurance companies for a percentage of premium costs; and expanded Medicaid coverage for children.
He also touted the creation of a new program for people who can’t afford private insurance and a “pre-existing condition” protection for adults with pre-existing conditions.
In some ways, Fong said, the president and congressional Republicans have “done a great job” of crafting the healthcare bill, though the bill could be worse.
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But in the coming weeks, as the rollout of the ACA begins, experts expect the White House to do everything in its power to make sure the law’s implementation is smooth.
Trump, they say, needs to work with Democrats to create the most efficient health care infrastructure possible.
He also needs to create incentives for insurers to offer insurance across state lines and to make it easier for those who have insurance to sign up for private coverage.
Fung thinks that would help the system work.
While Trump has been vague about his plans for healthcare, the administration has already begun to outline what the president will do with the federal government.
That includes a $1.4 trillion healthcare package, including $100 billion in tax credits and grants to help the country’s health insurance industry.
Trump also will unveil an ambitious plan to cut the deficit and overhaul how health care is financed.
Trumpcare will also likely be a major reason why health care spending in the United States continues to fall, according to a recent report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
The CBO found that spending on Medicaid and subsidies under the Affordable Act were already running at record lows in 2020 and that the nation’s total health care costs were about $1 trillion lower than the CBO expected.
But if Trump’s administration can find ways to make the healthcare system more affordable for consumers, it could actually improve the odds of getting the nation on track to the $716 billion target that is outlined in the bill, said Adam Hochschild, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
“It is a major part of the agenda that the president is setting out for the year, and if you want to see progress, you need to have a more comprehensive approach to healthcare,” Hochwald said.
“But you don’t want to have to look at a single piece of legislation.
This is not a single bill.
This could be a very large package that includes a lot of things.”
Trumpcare is expected to take longer to become law than some other bills that have been passed by Congress in recent years, and it’s possible that it will be delayed until after 2020 elections.
The administration has also promised to release details on the bill in the next week or so, and there’s a chance that it could take longer than a year to fully implement.
But there are also many positive things that can come out of this new healthcare plan.
The United States is one of the world’s top consumers of health care services and it is one with one of Europe’s biggest economies, Funch said.
There’s no question that this is going to have an impact on how the United Kingdom and the United State are going to spend money.