Now that Donald Trump has won the election there are some things that will happen with your healthcare. The first being the full repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. His replacement plan would not require an individual mandate, as he believes in following free market principles and no one should be forced to purchase insurance. Trump also believes his sound public policy will broaden healthcare access and improve the quality of care for all Americans.
After repealing the ACA, the next step will be to modify the McCarran Ferguson Act that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines. Trump, like most republicans believe if you eliminate the boarders and allow full market competition that costs will go down for the consumer.
Mr. Trump wants to allow individuals to fully deduct the premiums paid for health insurance on their tax returns. Businesses are already allowed to do this. This would help make it so everyone can afford health insurance, if they want it. Knowing a large deduction was coming at tax time, might be enough to entice people to enroll. Trump also wants to expand the use of health savings accounts. Contributions to the H.S.A remain tax free and allowed to accumulate. This would also become part of the estate to the individual and could be passed on to family members without penalty.
The Trump plan would require price transparency from all healthcare providers. Individuals should be about to shop to find the best prices on exams or any other medical related procedure. He also wants to remove barriers for drug providers that offer safe lower costs products. Allowing customers to find imported drugs from overseas will bring more options for the consumer.
The President elect believes the federal government should give the States Medicaid block grants that they could spend as they see fit, rather than controlling how state use their Medicaid money. The ideal is that state and local governments have a better understanding of which programs need funding in their state than the federal government does. The presumption here is that there would be less waste and abuse.
The last part of the Trump health care plan and has been common amongst republicans is the need for Tort reform. Trump’s plan would cap pain and suffering at $100,000. According to a study by Pricewaterhouse Coopers, defensive medicine accounts for 10% of all medical costs. Physicians are afraid of being taken to court and as a result are ordering tests they would ordinarily not order. Trump’s plan would also ask for a “loser pays” law that make the loser pay the legal bills of the winner if the charges were deemed baseless. The state of Texas has recently passed a similar legistlation.