Now Democrats want taxpayers to subsidize insurance companies

Source: New York Post - View Original Article
Published: May 03, 2020
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70% Conservative


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Universal Healthcare

Sentiments

93% "Fortunately, the current assistance is in cash, allowing displaced workers to best meet their individual needs.""
92% "As with anything else, people are best off when free to choose what health coverage works best for them.""
90% "Adding a COBRA subsidy or additional unemployment benefits will further diminish the incentive to work and delay the recovery.""
86% "The second is the best form of that aid.""
83% "Shuttered businesses and idled workers have understandable needs, and Congress has already provided them significant support.""
82% "While benefitting the former workers, it does reduce the incentive to work.""
78% "While hospitals received a large fund, now health insurers, with their lobbyists out in full force, are demanding a piece of the action.""
75% "If Congress wants to prioritize health care, the best option is to expand health savings accounts like Sen. Ted Cruz has proposed, and direct ..."
70% "Short-term plans expanded by the Trump administration, which can be obtained for as little as 3 percent of the weekly unemployment benefit in states ..."

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

93% : Fortunately, the current assistance is in cash, allowing displaced workers to best meet their individual needs.
92% : As with anything else, people are best off when free to choose what health coverage works best for them.
90% : Adding a COBRA subsidy or additional unemployment benefits will further diminish the incentive to work and delay the recovery.
86% : The second is the best form of that aid.
83% : Shuttered businesses and idled workers have understandable needs, and Congress has already provided them significant support.
82% : While benefitting the former workers, it does reduce the incentive to work.
78% : While hospitals received a large fund, now health insurers, with their lobbyists out in full force, are demanding a piece of the action.
75% : If Congress wants to prioritize health care, the best option is to expand health savings accounts like Sen. Ted Cruz has proposed, and direct subsidies into them.
70% : This boosts the income for many, if not most, displaced workers compared to their previous earnings.
70% : Short-term plans expanded by the Trump administration, which can be obtained for as little as 3 percent of the weekly unemployment benefit in states where they are available, will offer the best value for many people looking for temporary coverage.
69% : This allows people the widest freedom to purchase the care best for themselves.
67% : Most workers turn it down because they must pay the full premiums themselves, averaging $600 a month for single coverage and $1,700 a month for family coverage.
65% : Unfortunately, evidence is mounting that the unemployment benefit makes it difficult for businesses to re-employ their workers.
60% : Subsidizing COBRA -- as well as other ideas like increasing ObamaCare subsidies -- is also bad policy because it pigeonholes peoples' choices.
58% : In the era of coronavirus bailouts, every group is staking a claim.
52% : Many displaced workers will be able to use a portion of their unemployment benefit to remain on their employers' plan through COBRA -- an advantage because their deductibles and networks remain the same.
48% : Insurers and leading Democrats like presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi want the federal government to fully fund COBRA payments for the unemployed. COBRA allows workers to remain on their former employer's plan.
47% : If Congress instead provides COBRA or ObamaCare subsidies, it's clear that this aid is not about helping people, but about benefitting insurance companies.
46% : Policymakers need to confront two issues as they proceed.
43% : By giving cash rather than aid with strings attached, like direct food, housing, or health-care assistance, Congress ensured people could use the generous payments on their priorities.
42% : It would make more sense for the government to give a person $700 and let them decide the best use of that money.
36% : While health insurance is a concern for Americans, its current value is lower since Medicaid is paying for coronavirus tests for the uninsured, and the Trump administration is using a portion of the $175 billion hospital fund to cover coronavirus treatments for the uninsured.
28% : The first is the appropriate amount of aid per person.
25% : Under a COBRA subsidy, big insurers reap the benefit as people only get the money if they spend it on their product.
25% : If Congress insists that people have health insurance, it should provide a flat amount and let people select the plan and not target subsidies for only politically favored, and generally expensive, coverage.
19% : The CARES Act, enacted on March 27, gave a weekly federal bonus of $600 for the unemployed through July, raising their total weekly check to roughly $1,000.
15% : This wastes $300 of the subsidy.
10% : Assume the monthly COBRA premium is $700 but someone is only willing to pay $400 for a healthcare plan.

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