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WH Looking to Stabilize Healthcare Markets, Won't Provide Details

WH Looking to Stabilize Healthcare Markets, Won't Provide Details
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By    |   Thursday, 31 August 2017 09:09 AM

The Trump administration is looking to stabilize health insurance markets, but won't say how it will do it, The New York Times reported.

The White House is refusing to say if the government is willing to promote enrollment under the Affordable Care Act or fund the activities of counselors who aid people signing up, according to the newspaper.

And an administration official would not say if the government would pay subsidies to insurance companies for lowering deductibles for low-income people. Insurers have warned of sharp premium increases without the subsidies, the newspaper said.

"I don't think we can force people to sign up for the program," the official said.

"We want people to have access to quality health care. I look at it from a patient perspective. I'm a mom. I've got two kids. I've got a family. I try to look at healthcare through that lens. What would I want? What would my family want? I think people want stability in the marketplace."

"We want the healthcare market, the individual marketplace to function and to function well," the official added. "It is not functioning, the way it is today."

But despite Trump predicting Obamacare will implode, the administration is not necessarily hurting the program right now, The Washington Post reported.

"I think they've done some things to undermine the law and I think they've done some things to move forward in the normal way," Joel Ario, who was the first director of the Health and Human Services' Office of Health Insurance Exchanges.

And others insist the program is continuing to function.

"It's almost like there are decisions that get bumped up to a political level and the political people do what the political people do and there are administrative matters that wouldn't make a sexy headline in the Post that are getting done," Mike Adelberg, a former top director at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at HHS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services told the newspaper.

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