By John Kasich
As work progresses to undo the problems that Obamacare brought to health care, I believe the roadmap to responsible reform must take both coverage and cost into consideration. Only then can reform ensure that Americans, especially those recovering from mental illness or drug addiction, receive the care they need while also protecting taxpayers from unsustainable cost growth.
Obamacare severely disrupted the insurance marketplace, especially in states like Ohio, where a history of sound regulation attracted many insurers who then offered a wide range of choices at affordable prices. Our first priority should be to restore stability.
The Trump Administration has begun this process, but there is more that can be done through executive action to fix the Health Insurance Exchange. I encourage them to make additional, badly needed changes so we can help those Americans who do not have employer-sponsored coverage or government health care, while reducing the pressure on state Medicaid programs.
The Administration should allow states greater flexibility to define essential health benefits. Also, because of Obamacare, more consumers could lose in the future the coverage they prefer because their plans don’t meet standards the bureaucrats like. Let consumers keep the plans they want.
John Kasich is the governor of Ohio and he can be reached at (614) 644-0813 or Vern Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
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