The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel editorial: Stop playing games with people’s health
Author: The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel - May 23, 2017 - Updated: May 23, 2017
If “something better” than Obamacare is truly coming — and it will be up to the U.S. Senate to make that happen — shouldn’t the Trump administration do what it can to ensure that Americans have the affordable health care they need until then?
We’re not alone in thinking so. Last month, organizations representing nearly the entire health-care industry asked the president to remove uncertainty about continued funding for Cost-Sharing Reduction reimbursements to health insurers.
By not committing to the payments, the Trump administration is creating chaos that threatens the viability of the Affordable Care Act — and access to insurance, especially for rural Americans.
As we’ve remarked many times, the ACA is flawed and needs significant adjustment. But until those flaws are addressed in a functional way, we need stability in the marketplace. Otherwise, Americans’ health needs will suffer as a result of political gamesmanship.