This 2020 Presidential election is here and if you’re like most of America, you can’t wait until all these political ads stop running.
It’s hard to believe what many are claiming to do, including the president of current administration.
With so much at stake, one of the major issues being talked about is, of course, healthcare.
In September 2020, President Trump unveiled his America First healthcare plan for 2021, signing an executive order to deliver Americans better care, lower costs, and more choice, continuing the work that HHS has been doing under his leadership.
But as it turns out, there is a difference between what this plan actually does and doesn’t do.
As a matter of fact, there are no specifics to the “plan” at all.
“The President’s plan delivers better care, more choice, and lower costs for all Americans,” claims HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Because of the President’s leadership, Americans will enjoy lower drug costs, lower insurance premiums, real access to prices of healthcare services and to their medical records, new protections from surprise bills, and the ability to work with their doctor to determine what treatments make sense for them.”
As part of the President’s plan, WhiteHouse.gov claims that Health and Human Services have:
– Issued a final rule from the Food and Drug Administration to open the first-ever pathway for states to use to safely import prescription drugs to lower patient’s drug costs.
– Solicited private-sector proposals, as called for in the President’s July executive order, on allowing Americans to get lower-cost FDA-approved drugs from American pharmacies via importation and reimportation.
– Released the 2021 Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D Premium landscape, showing that average 2021 premiums for Medicare Advantage plans are expected to decline 34.2 percent from 2017 while plan choice, benefits, and enrollment continue to increase, and that Part D premiums will be down 12 percent from 2017, with over 1,600 drug plans offering insulin at no more than $35 per month.
– Issued a notice of proposed rulemaking from the Health Resources and Services Administration to pass on steep discounts at community health centers on insulin and epinephrine to Americans who are uninsured or have high cost-sharing, including the nearly 3 million health center patients with diabetes.
Beginning January 1, 2021, hospitals will be required to publish their real price for every service, and publicly display in a consumer-friendly, easy-to-understand format the prices of at least 300 different common services that are able to be shopped for in advance.
Many argue the “America First Health Plan” Trump introduced isn’t a health-care plan at all.
Instead, it’s mostly a list of various incremental and modest things the president’s administration tried to do on health care after it became clear Trump wouldn’t be able to accomplish his main promise in 2016 of replacing the ACA.
These include some small tweaks to the health-care law – some that