Marco Rubio states on his campaign web site that he is opposed to and wants to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. His web site offers an overview of his vision for healthcare reform. But how different are his proposals from what is currently happening under the Affordable Care Act?
Marco Rubio’s Healthcare Reform Proposals
Marco Rubio states that his healthcare reform proposal will “Expand access to affordable, quality health coverage by providing every American with an advanceable, refundable tax credit that can be used to purchase insurance.” Such a proposal recognizes that everyone having health insurance is a social good, but that people can sometimes lack motivation to obtain or be unable to afford coverage. This proposal attempts to use the tax code to address this problem. Presumably, someone who refuses to obtain coverage would forfeit their tax credit and would thus be motivated to purchase insurance. The tax credit would also make coverage affordable for those who could not otherwise be able to pay for coverage.
Further, Marco Rubio states that his plan will “Reduce health care costs, promote innovation, and ensure access for the most vulnerable by expanding access to consumer-centered health plans, reforming insurance regulations, and putting protections in place to ensure those with pre-existing health conditions can get access to affordable coverage.” This proposal covers quite a bit of territory. The most significant element concerns those with pre-existing health conditions and the desire to ensure that those who have these conditions can get affordable health insurance. This requires that insurance companies accept these people who are at higher risk of incurring claims and that they spread this risk out to healthy people in the form of increased premiums.
Third, Marco Rubio says that his plan will “Promote innovation in the Medicaid program by giving states a per-capita block grant, which preserves funding for Medicaid’s unique populations while freeing states from Washington mandates.” This proposal recognizes that being on Medicaid can be a miserable experience of bureaucrats making eligibility determinations, administrators making coverage decisions, and difficulty in finding providers who will take Medicaid’s diminished reimbursements. (more…)