Employing the weight of his position, Dr. Harrison argues that by eliminating
PPACA cost-sharing subsidies, President Trump is jeopardizing the health of
thousands in Utah. The impact of PPACA has been, and will be debated for years.
Debated points include the proper role of government in health care, the
constitutionality of the individual mandate, the failure of the majority of
state exchanges, and the skyrocketing insurance premiums.Focus on
the elimination of the subsidies Dr. Harrison decries. These subsidies are a
violation of the U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 9, which authorizes
Congress only to appropriate funds from the Treasury. The hasty passage of PPACA
was absent any provision to appropriate funding for the cost-sharing subsidies.
Congress refused funding and the court upheld their action.There
should be appropriate debate in Congress regarding the constitutional role of
government in health care; and, if funds are to be appropriated, how they will
be administered. None of this occurred when PPACA was ramrodded through Congress
without a single Republican vote at midnight, December 24, 2009.Rex
Ripplinger, MDCardiology Hospitalist Utah Valley Hospital
It's not about those in need. Indeed, it's not really about people at
all. It's about the corporate interests, and how to enrich them. It's health care.
Our country only looks out for the rich. Sorry dude.We say we are a
Christian country but really we only worship money.
Congress never appropriated the money so our former President wrote the checks
anyway. Current President is prodding the Congress to formally appropriate the
money or change the law.It's not like the insurance companies
aren't making money. They have more people paying premiums, some subsidized
by the government, but many of those people can't afford the deductible so
they go without care and make no claims.
"This latest action by the administration will cause real pain to real
people."Trump doesn't care, nor do the majority of
Republican lawmakers. As long as they can ruin "Obamacare". If they
would have left it named "Romneycare", it would be fully funded and
they'd be bragging about how good it is. Truly shameful.