Today, 09:18 AM
I'm just noticing Rand seems to be adopting the Trump, um, makeup. He is highlighted around his eyes. Not sure how I feel about that. Fox lighting seems to be friendly this time.
I appreciate what Rand is saying about agreement on repeal, not so much on the replace. It is too easy to toss the replacement bone in front of Dems and big-gov Republicans. The Freedom Caucus needs to stand firm and maybe show how repealing the law and removing market barriers might make it cheaper overall, and cheaper for government, but still make coverage available through the free market. If they can show the folks determined to hang onto government that free market solutions will provide better coverage at lower rates for government, it would be one of the bigger selling points to repeal.
"Hi, i'm so-and-so, CEO of some insurance company. These are the barriers to affordable coverage: blah, blah, and blabbity blah. Right now it costs $X to provide basic coverage for a healthy 20-something, and $XXX to provide coverage for a middle aged person with diabetes or heart disease. If we could remove regulations having to do with this or that, we could then offer a basic policy to for about 50% of what they pay now. If this or that regulation was also removed, we could reduce that by another 5%. We could then offer some wellness incentives that would bring the cost down even more."
The one good thing about this discussion is that people are now talking about actual dollars and cents. If we could get Congress and insurance professionals to do the same, it would add a dimension to the discussion that is lacking at this time.