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Health Reforms in Jeopardy Under New Administration

Several Trump health care reforms could find themselves in the crosshairs if the Biden administration puts focus on government-directed expansion of coverage rather than providing choice to patients. Some key Trump policies and systems that could face rollbacks are the following:

  • Access to virtual medicine, including doctor consultations by phone, Zoom, and Skype
  • Employer-funded accounts to pay for round-the-clock primary care
  • Health Savings Accounts for chronically ill patients to help them manage their own care
  • Expanded opportunities for Medicare plans to specialize and become centers of excellence in treating chronic diseases
  • Insurance tailored to individuals and families through the “short-term” insurance markets
  • Mandated posted prices so that patients can know what they will be charged in advance of treatment
  • Waivers so states can take care of high-cost patients while lowering premiums for everyone
  • Employer-provided personal and portable health insurance that travels with an employee from job to job
  • Giving patients more control over electronic health data
  • Reducing paperwork for Medicare providers
  • Approving more generic drugs
  • Allowing importation of prescription drugs from Canada
  • Indexing Medicare drugs to the same prices foreign countries pay
  • Repealing the tax on medical devices and health plans
  • Paying physicians equally for Medicare services
  • Expanding Medicare Advantage plan options
  • Giving the terminally ill the right to certain treatments
  • Repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate

Bonner R. Cohen, Ph.D., (bcohen@nationalcenter.org) is a senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research.

 

 

 

 

Bonner R Cohen
Bonner R Cohen
Bonner R. Cohen is a senior fellow with the National Center for Public Policy Research, a position he has held since 2002.

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