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Health care, already a top issue for voters, is about to become even more salient as many wonder what the system would look like if President Donald Trump, Democratic front-runner Joe Biden and Democratic underdog Bernie Sanders had their way.
In the Biden plan, for the most part either the government or your employer would pick up the tab. You might have to pay some deductible or cost-sharing,” she said.
They can enroll in Medicaid or buy a subsidized plan on the exchanges, depending on their income. Some may fall into a coverage gap if they live in the 14 states that declined the expansion of Medicaid and make too much for Medicaid but not enough for Obamacare assistance, which kicks in at the federal poverty level of $12,760 for an individual without kids.
Unemployment benefits count as income for this purpose.
You can actually do that before you lose your job-based coverage. So if you find out in advance that you’re being laid off, you can go to the exchange and line up your coverage immediately,” Corlette said.
Another option is to extend an employer-based plan under COBRA by paying 102 percent of the cost of the plan. Employer-based plans tend to be expensive, so this option will be unaffordable for many.
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The Biden plan can be understood as Obamacare-plus. He’d preserve the employer-based system, boost subsidies to help uninsured people buy coverage and add a “public option” to the Obamacare exchanges that would compete with private insurers.
In essence, people would sign up the same way they do now but with more generous government assistance.
People in the Medicaid coverage gap — who live in states that declined the expansion — would be enrolled in the new public option at no cost. Others would be able to use their subsidies to shop between the private options and public plans.
“Your insurance coverage would no longer be linked to your employer, so some of the real disruption and pain we’re seeing with people being laid off would not exist. Everyone would be in the same plan regardless of how and whether they’re employed.
Taxes would rise to cover what the nonpartisan Urban Institute estimates would be a mammoth $3 trillion-per-year cost, although overall national health care spending would fall. Sanders says the COVID-19 crisis highlights the need for “Medicare for All,” as it would end the link between employment and coverage.
Critics say his system would force cuts in providers’ pay and limit the availability of care.
“There are questions about what our provider workforce would look like under a single-payer plan, whether everybody would have equitable access, whether there would be issues of shortages and delays,” Corlette said.
But it’s not clear what he’d put in its place, as he has not backed a particular plan since his push to replace the law failed in Congress in 2017.
“There’s a little bit of trying to hide the eight ball, but they are taking almost all the money out of the ACA,” Adler said.
“I’d be shocked if they didn’t say: ‘You didn’t tell me about your diabetes.
You didn’t tell me you have lung problems, that you have asthma, and that’s why you have COVID-19, so I’m not going to cover your COVID-19 treatment,'” Adler said.
Trump promises to protect pre-existing conditions, although he hasn’t explained how. Asked what the president‘s plan is to protect the uninsured jobless from COVID-19, a White House spokesman referred to Trump‘s comments on Thursday, in which he said it was a work in progress.
“We’re doing a lot of different things on health insurance. We have meetings on it today,” the president told reporters, noting that individuals would be getting one-time checks of up to $1,200 under the stimulus package.
We’re going to take care of our people.”