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Vice President Mike Pence stated the White Home might ask hospitals to make use of a few of their federal support to cowl the medical prices of COVID-19 therapy for individuals who have misplaced their medical health insurance in current weeks, together with their jobs.
Some medical specialists have referred to as on the administration to permit newly uninsured individuals to enroll in medical health insurance below Obamacare. However at a White Home briefing on Thursday, President Trump rejected that concept, saying that “we’re doing higher than that” with what he referred to as “a money fee.”
Pence defined that the White Home Coronavirus Activity Drive is drafting a proposal “to make use of among the $100 billion that we’re making out there to hospitals to compensate the hospitals instantly for any coronavirus therapy that they supply to uninsured People.
“We have been working on daily basis to ensure that People do not have to fret about the price of therapy,” Pence stated.
The concept appears easy at first look – one thing akin to “single payer” well being protection for COVID therapy in hospitals, with hospitals offering free therapy utilizing cash supplied by the federal authorities.
In observe, although, there could possibly be numerous issues, together with whether or not the pot of cash that hospitals are getting really can be sufficient. The plan additionally doesn’t seem to cowl the expense of well being care that folks may have exterior hospitals, together with testing.
In accordance with Pence, President Trump will take into account the proposal and make a last resolution on Friday.