Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Small Building Block? Health Initiative May Lead to Something Better

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Small Building Block? Health Initiative May Lead to Something Better

Article excerpt

Though it may serve the needs of only a small number of insurance consumers who want an insurance policy only for catastrophic care, President Donald Trump's new health insurance initiative may be a building block.

It could be the first brick of foundation for a health insurance system that is based more on choice - a variety of personal and systemic choices.

If such a system cannot be built, the nation will almost inevitably move toward something like Medicare for all, hybrid solutions having failed.

Now that the individual mandate has been repealed, people are no longer required to have the comprehensive insurance required by the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

The Trump administration has approved new rules for "short-term, limited-duration insurance." One of the new rules is that consumers can buy these plans for a whole year, rather than just three months at a time, and they can be renewed for up to 36 months. …

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