The American healthcare program the Republicans fought so hard against IS here and isn’t going anyplace…
It HAS grown to have the support of a majority of Americans….
Joe Bide, who was the Vice President during its inception is working strengthen it…..
Among the most insidious of these backdoor repeal measures: expanding “short-term, limited duration” health plans — i.e., attemptingto trick Americans into plans that looked cheap but basically covered nothing….
Last week, however, the Biden administration announced a rollback of this Trump-era expansion of short-term health plans.
In a proposed rule, Biden officials said those already in these skimpy Trump-blessed plans can continue in them, if they so choose. (“There were some hard lessons learned from the ‘if you like your plan you can keep it’ blowback a decade ago,” surmises Georgetown University health scholar Sabrina Corlette.) But going forward, any new “short-term, limited duration” plans would need to be truly short-term (up to three months) and truly limited duration (renewed for up to one additional month only).
Critically, short-term plans must also provide clearer language about what care they do and don’t cover, and under what circumstances. People who choose to buy junk must know upfront that they’re buying junk.
The White House has marketed this rule as part of “Bidenomics,”though it might be more easily understood as simply pro-consumer. It also dovetails nicely with other actions the administration has taken to expand access to coverage, including outreach to encourage eligible Americans to enroll in marketplace plans and patching the so-called family glitch (a regulatory accident that had blocked a lot of families from accessing subsidized health coverage).
Most important, through last summer’s Inflation Reduction Act….