Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Court blocks Trump rule allowing cheaper health insurance

A court has blocked a Trump administration rule allowing cheaper health insurance plans that don't provide consumer protections required by the federal Affordable Care Act Welch: Trump health care turnaround blindsided GOP
Celia Hoffman | 01 April, 2019, 17:10

"I'm going to get into something I don't like talking about, I know you don't talk about but I have to tell you that when we announced that you are going to be on the show, more people asked me to ask you about this than any other question", Wallace said. "We will look at the average costs of prescription drugs in Canada, UK, Germany, Japan and France, we look at their average costs, which are 50 percent lower than they are in the United States, and we will do that", Mr. Sanders said. Instead, Sanders suggested the US could look to the prescription drug prices in other developed social democracies like Canada, Japan and Germany, and replicate them.

"The five major companies made 50 billion dollars in profits previous year", Sanders said.

The decision by the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., said the rule allowing so-called association health plans is "clearly an end run" around the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, that "creates absurd results".

A federal court has blocked a new rule by the Trump administration that allows health insurance plans that are cheaper than Obamacare and offer fewer consumer protections. "My plan's just a little bit different. Guarantee health care to all people as a right".

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The lawsuit alleged the primary goal of the Association Health Plan rule was to undermine the Affordable Care Act without accounting for increased risk of fraud and harm to consumers.

His campaign promise came with candidates in the crowded Democratic presidential field jostling for the support of the party's left wing with calls for government to play a larger role in health care.

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates blocked a rule that was finalized past year that allows small businesses and self-employed people to band together to purchase insurance known as association health plans.

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