A senior Democratic senator who served as a lead author of President Barack Obama's healthcare law criticized the administration on Wednesday for failing to alert lawmakers to problems that led to the program's troubled rollout.
David Morgan and Susan Cornwell
, November 06, 2013
A while back, D. Brian's All Natural Deli and Catering owner Doug Sams grappled with a tough decision. Under the Affordable Care Act, Sams has to offer his 80 full-time employees in the Twin Cities health insurance coverage. If he doesn't, he faces hefty fines.
The current administration front-loaded the popular provisions, such as keeping children on their parents’ plan until age 26 and prohibiting insurance companies from denying insurance for pre-existing conditions.
Then the administration left the harder parts — the mandate, the Independent Payment Advisory Board and the powers of the IRS — until 2014.
Medicaid provides a crucial health care safety net for those rural residents most in need. And the expansion of Medicaid would bring in hundreds of millions from the federal government by 2020, potentially paying for the creation of thousands of ongoing North Dakota jobs.
Though far from perfect, the Affordable Care Act begins to address the inequities of access that cost all of us dearly, including covering pre-existing conditions, young adults, and preventive care for women.
It was the Republicans who made child abuse a partisan issue during the 2011 regular session; and it was they who, if not making the problem worse, did not help where help was needed and where children’s lives were at stake.
The Ryan/Romney/Berg plan also lets insurance companies once again discriminate due to pre-existing conditions, set yearly and lifetime caps on benefits and reinstate the donut hole.
The plan also guts Medicaid, which many seniors need to help pay for nursing home costs.
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