Trumpcare analyzed at Albany forum

March 24, 2017 07:09 PM

ALBANY - Even before the vote was scrapped, health care and government executives in New York were discussing Trumpcare.

The Blue Ribbon group said even if it met with failure, it wouldn't go away.

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The issue was 360'd Friday morning at a forum moderated by NewsChannel 13’s Benita Zahn and sponsored by the Rockefeller Institute.    

All the participants believe replace and repeal would cost New York money, particularly if the essential health benefits under Obamacare are scrapped.

These include items such as outpatient care, emergency services, pregnancy and mental health.

"What this really does is, the entire bill is, shift many costs to the state. So if you want to provide more care under these plans the state's going to have to fill in to the tune of multi-billion dollars. There's been some estimates that it would cost New York State $4.5 billion, but with these changes it could be plenty more, which means more money out of our taxpayer dollars," noted Jim Malatras, the president of the Rockefeller Institute of Government.

As we wait to see what happens next, this group agrees health care planning, including insurance rate setting, will be more difficult.


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