From Forbes McIntosh, Government Policy Solutions, WALA Lobbyist
Gov. Scott Walker last week unveiled his plan for reforming the U.S. health system if he is elected U.S. president – and his first task would be dismantling the Affordable Care Act.
In his plan, Walker says the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, expanded the number of Americans with health care coverage, but it did so “mostly by pushing people into Medicaid, a program that was already overburdened.” Others, he says, were knocked off their private plans.
Walker’s plan includes:
- A complete repeal of Obamacare.
- Provide tax credits to anyone without employer-sponsored health insurance. Those tax credits would be based on a person’s age, not income.
- Provide a $1,000 refundable tax credit to anyone who signs up for a health savings account, and increase the allowable HSA contributions.
- Allow consumers to shop for health plans across state lines.
- Make additional reforms to insurance coverage laws to ensure individuals with pre-existing conditions would be protected.
- Shift more power over health care regulations to states – and empower states to reform Medicaid.
- Reorganize Medicaid into smaller sections that include:
- Medical Assistance for Needy Families (MANF)
- Acute care for people with disabilities and low-income seniors.
- Long-term services and supports for people with disabilities and low-income seniors.
- Allow consumers to pool together to purchase group health insurance.
- Support wellness incentive programs.
- Provide unspecified reforms to long-term services and support regulations – and deregulate the long-term care insurance market.
- Incentivize states to pass lawsuit reforms and establish medical malpractice review processes.