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What is the future of obamacare?

Dhruva
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4/5/2015 11:27:28 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 4/5/2015 11:10:39 AM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
It's unlikely to go anywhere.

Why? It only has a 37% popularity rate and its very likely a republican will become president
EndarkenedRationalist
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4/5/2015 11:28:32 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 4/5/2015 11:27:28 AM, Dhruva wrote:
At 4/5/2015 11:10:39 AM, EndarkenedRationalist wrote:
It's unlikely to go anywhere.

Why? It only has a 37% popularity rate and its very likely a republican will become president

So? Supreme Court made it legal, and Congress has wasted more than enough time trying unsuccessfully to repeal it.
slo1
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4/6/2015 1:31:06 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 4/5/2015 11:08:57 AM, Dhruva wrote:
Will obamacare be repealed or stay in place like medicaid did?

Depends upon what you define as Obamacare
- Pre-existing conditions will never again be a condition on a health insurance policies or there will be a gov subsidized high risk policy for those with pre-existing conditions.

- children up to 25 years old on parents policy will stay.

- If supreme court rules subsidies for the GOP states that did not set up own exchange can no longer go forward those states will be under tremendous pressure to set up their own exchange thus possible giving credence to Obamacare.

- Even if Obama care morphs into something else, healthcare is slowing being changed to be though as something everyone should get and not have to worry about bankrupting a family should the s.. hit the fan. In other words Obama care will always live on in some form or another at this point.

- Lastly the longer it goes the longer people experience it directly when their employment situations changes. if it allows people to quit job to start small business they always wanted but couldn't because of preexisting conditions, those types of wins will grow may fans.

- If it does become drag on economy(medical inflation slower since it implementation) it will change but will not be eliminated.
Welfare-Worker
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4/6/2015 6:35:37 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 4/5/2015 11:08:57 AM, Dhruva wrote:
Will obamacare be repealed or stay in place like medicaid did?

Yes, Medicaid has been around 50 years, no sign of going away.
Medicaid Expansion, a key element of ACA, was planned to cost $100 billion a year, a 26% increase over current Medicaid expense.
Since only about half of the states are on board, the bill will be much less.

Physicians in many states are refusing to accept new Medicaid patients, so that is causing issues.
According to some studies fewer than half of all doctors accept Medicaid, and it is getting worse.
For ethical reasons they will continue to see established customers, but they are being paid less, to provide the same services, plus they have increased administrative costs. They are not happy with Medicaid, or Medicaid Expansion.
This is not likely to change.

It is a mess.
It is difficult seeing it undone, but it is equally difficult seeing it move forward.

Opponent will not be able to repeal everything in ACA, we are up to our hips in the muck. They would have to go after bits and pieces.
If the Rs can actually win the next presidential, they may have some success, outside of Medicaid.
That is a big 'IF'.
If they can put the Medicaid funding back on the states, as it is now (nationwide average is 57% feds, 43% states), states will jump ship on Medicaid Expansion.
That is another big 'IF'.
Under the current plan Medicaid Expansion starts out at 100% Fed, and tapers down to 90% Fed over ten years.