WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Health care discussions still at the forefront in Washington this week, but the conversation is different. In a rare change, there is a bipartisan atmosphere surrounding “Obamacare”. Two Governors traveled to our nation’s capital to discuss the need to stabilize the Affordable Care Act.
Gov. Hickenlooper (D-CO) says funding these health care plans need to come about on a bipartisan basis.
“Of course we want people to have health insurance! Could you imagine if you didn’t have it?” said Governor John Kasich (R-OH).
Kasich alongside Governor John Hickenlooper (D-CO) bringing a plan to stabilize health insurance markets under “Obamacare.” They are suggesting Congress provide tax credits to insurers in underserved areas, encouraging young people to participate in markets, creating temporary stability funds and more. The plan is a shift from repeal and replace efforts that consumed Capitol Hill for much of the year.
“We actually talk together and work together to try to fix a problem,” said Kasich.
The problem, they say, is the possibility of premiums skyrocketing and insurers leaving marketplaces if the federal government doesn’t provide funding. Hickenlooper says Congress needs to come together in the next couple of weeks on a solution.
“If they can’t get it together, then the American public suffers,” said Hickenlooper.
A Senate Committee is holding hearings to figure out what these governors need to stabilize their markets. Hickenlooper says these bipartisan discussions are productive.
“It’s about six to 7 percent of the American people. That’s a lot of people…we’re talking about 18, 20, 22 million people that could benefit from this,” said Hickenlooper.
The governors say the funding from the federal government is a short-term fix to ensure stability for Americans. They would like to see changes to the system in the future.
“Initially, we can stay with where we are and then ultimately we would like to design our own plan,” said Kasich.
Insurers have to decide by Sept. 27 if they want to stay in the “Obamacare” marketplaces for 2018.