Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), working with Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington), scheduled four bipartisan hearings on stabilizing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual markets which are also known as exchanges. So how are things going?
I just listened to the opening comments of Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) as they kicked-off the first of four hearing of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) committee hearings over the next two weeks on stabilizing the individual marketplaces. It was refreshing and encouraging to hear an emphasis on “coming together” and “finding common ground” (remember when this was more common?). I will be watching to see if the call for bipartisanship is realized.
What's next? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has not remedied the cost problem in the United States. Americans balked at Congressional plans to save the federal government money by raising consumer costs while dramatically cutting coverage and imposing unsustainable funding reductions on the states.
Consider the state of Tennessee as a canary in the coal mine — and the canary is critically ill. Tennessee leads the country in the rate of closures of rural hospitals and could be a harbinger for other states.
There is plenty not to like about the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a center piece of President Trump’s legislative agenda.The prospect of someone without health care coverage being penalized when they seek health coverage (the opposite of the Affordable Care Act) is all wrong.
Former Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell commissioned a Scope of Practice Task Force to change the conversation and the players in the ongoing debate about the need for and value of physician supervision of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in the state.