President Donald Trump has long made it clear that he intends to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with his own disastrous form of healthcare.
Based on the first iterations of the American Healthcare Act, it is clear that Trump has no intention of providing accessible healthcare to the majority of Americans.
According to reports, health insurers across the country are looking to hike ObamaCare premiums or exit the marketplace all together.
Dozens of interviews and meetings with health insurers have revealed that ObamaCare marketplaces are collapsing on their own due to the erratic leadership of the Trump administration.
They have blamed the Trump administration over their refusal to commit to the necessary steps to keep the health insurance markets properly working.
“All this uncertainty is not helpful,” warned Blue Shield of California Chief Executive Paul Markovich.
Markovich was one of the only health insurance executives that was willing to speak on the record, as many in his industry fear retaliation from the White House.
Other executives who wishes to remain anonymous said the same things.
“It’s hard to know who’s home,” said one chief executive. “We don’t know who is making decisions,” said another executive.
“There seems to be no coordination or coherent planning.… It’s a mess,” said the second executive.
“There is a sense that there are no hands on the wheel and they are just letting the bus careen down the road,” admitted the third chief executive.
But the Trump administration is refusing to accept the blame for ObamaCare failing and have decided to blame ObamaCare itself for its failures.
“Obamacare has failed,” said Alleigh Marre, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “For this reason, Republicans are reforming healthcare so it delivers access to quality, affordable coverage to the American people.”
Still, the majority of health insurance executives think Trump is to blame.
“There is no consistency to the messages,” said Ceci Connolly, chief executive of the Alliance of Community Health Plans, whose members include leading health systems such as Kaiser Permanente and Geisinger Health Plan. “We are very confused.”
One of the biggest question marks is whether or not the Trump administration will enforce penalties for young people who avoid getting health insurance plans.
The Trump administration is also considering withholding federal aid that helps millions of low-income Americans afford their insurance premiums and co-pays.
LA Times reports:
The aid, which reimburses insurers for lowering out-of-pocket costs, was paid by the Obama administration, but is now the subject of a lawsuit by congressional Republicans, who argue Congress must approve the payments.
The Trump administration hasn’t taken an official position in the lawsuit. But in recent months, the president publicly mused about stopping the payments to force Democrats to negotiate a repeal of the current law. It remains unclear whether the administration will continue the payments, known as cost-sharing reductions, or CSRs.
In a letter to Washington state insurance regulators this month, California-based Molina Healthcare, a leading provider of Obamacare plans in many states, warned halting CSRs may cause the collapse of the state’s market.
“If the federal government’s full CSR funding commitments are in jeopardy, we believe that the viability of the exchange market is in immediate jeopardy of failing,” wrote Peter Adler, who oversees Molina’s plans in Washington.