Two New York Times healthcare reporters, Reed Abelson and Margot Sanger-Katz, provide some unsolicited advice to Tom Price, M.D., the new U.S. health and human services secretary, on how to fix or wreck the Affordable Care Act.
They discuss, among other things, whether Dr. Price should:
- Cut off cost-sharing subsidies to insurers to help them cover poor people.
- “Defang the individual mandate” aimed at getting people to buy insurance.
- Keep Affordable Care Act Web sites and other public-access and -information functions running smoothly.
- Act to reduce ”gaming” of the system by patients.
The two journalists warn Dr. Price that he doesn’t have much time in which to make what will be huge decisions.
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