Congress is off on recess. Some of our elected representatives are in their home districts, meeting with constituents, and discussing the issues of the day. Judging from the news, most are locked in their homes, hiding from the public, and avoiding the press. Even the usual stand-bys, Chamber of Commerce luncheons and district picnics are likely to lead to embarrassing questions about the recent craziness in Washington. Neither you, my readers, nor I have the luxury of a month away from reality.
We are in the last week of August. Senior Open Enrollment begins October 15th. The Open enrollment for individuals and families under age 65 begins November 1st, a little over two months from now. Rates have not been finalized, due in part to President Trump’s indifference to market stability. And for those who believe that change is inevitable, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
The Deck Is About To Be Reshuffled
Change is no longer on the horizon. Change is here and now. New companies are entering into our market. Old companies are either leaving or making significant changes. And through it all only one question truly matters – “Will more Americans have access to high quality, affordable health care?” The answer, at this point, can only be, “I hope so.”
This is a moment for adults. This is a moment for leadership. Seven years’ of meaningless votes to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) have given way to bipartisan initiatives to stabilize the insurance markets. Will these Congressmen and Senators overcome the objections of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and craft a law that can garner enough votes? Would Trump veto the bill?
Our elected representatives will be forced to deal with a number of significant issues when they return from recess. Health Insurance is but one area of concern. There is a debt ceiling vote, the budget, Korea, Afghanistan, and a host of other major issues that were put on the back burner while Congress debated a variety of politically driven, incredibly illogical, Repeal and Replace bills.
Take a look at who is representing you in Congress. Take a look at the White House. Are they up to the job?
Photo – The Halls of Congress by David L Cunix 2017