Two weeks ago, I was in a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence to talk about some of the issues facing our great nation. Our discussion ranged from the Supreme Court nomination to the COVID-19 pandemic and included an outline of the America First Health Plan, President Trump’s plan for the future of our health care system.
I have to say, I was impressed with the Trump administration’s approach to health care, and I think Ohioans have a lot more to look forward to when it comes to improving our access to quality care.
I say “more,” because President Trump has already done much to improve the state of our health care system. Working with a Republican-controlled Congress, President Trump reduced Obamacare’s individual mandate, the mechanism used to force individuals to purchase a qualifying health plan or risk paying a hefty fine, to a cost of zero. This action has effectively rendered Obamacare powerless, yet many of the ill effects of the law — skyrocketing premiums, narrowing networks, reduced choice, and the inability to keep your doctor — have remained.
To foster competition, increase consumer access and control, and lower costs, the Trump administration has embraced patient-centered reforms through executive action and regulation. Perhaps most notably to Ohioans, President Trump’s price transparency rules finally provided the breakthrough we needed on state law designed to prevent surprise medical bills.
And while various special interest groups are attempting to block these rules from going into effect, the fact remains that President Trump is moving the ball forward on the fight to improve patient knowledge and control over health care costs.
The Trump administration has also expanded association health plans (AHPs) to improve consumer access to affordable health insurance plans.
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