During a White House meeting with dozens of governors, President Trump warned that the U.S. health care system is in danger of imploding and said Congress must make fundamental changes to the sweeping health care act passed by his predecessor.
The president’s first major meeting with state governors came as Congress prepares to move forward on repealing and replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)––one of Trump’s main campaign promises.
Some governors have raised concerns that proposed changes to the PPACA could undermine their efforts to expand Medicaid in their states and could leave them stuck with a bigger share of the health care tab.
“It’s an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated,” Trump told the governors.
The PPACA subsidized private health insurance in all 50 states, while an optional Medicaid expansion was accepted by 31 states and the District of Columbia. The two components cover more than 20 million people.
Without offering specific details about what he wants in a replacement package, Trump told the governors that the current health insurance market is “going to absolutely implode” and called on the executives to work with the government on a way forward.
“We must work together to save Americans from Obamacare,” he said.
After the meeting, some governors agreed that the PPACA had focused on access to health care but had failed to contain costs.
“This is a time for reform, to broaden the issue from beyond coverage to how do we do better quality, better cost-containment, for [the] long term, and ultimately it’s about compassion,” said Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
Source: Associated Press (via Boston Globe); February 28, 2017.