Now that the Republicans’ attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have gone down in flames (as long as other attempts are not somehow resurrected …), it is important that our elected officials work seriously to improve this health care system, which is, after all, the law of the land. Two Representatives from the Upper Valley in Vermont and New Hampshire have put forward some ideas; their proposed plan seems to be a good start.
Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and Annie Kuster (D-NH) and eight others have proposed what they’re calling “Solutions Over Politics: Stabilizing & Improving the Individual Market.” According to news reports, “This plan focuses on the Affordable Care Act’s individual market, which is struggling to attract health plans to sell coverage in 2018. There are 38 counties that currently have zero options for next year.” It is a five-part plan that includes the following:
- Creating a permanent fund<%