Health Care after Repeal of Affordable Care Act

Discussion to take place this morning at UB

Tom Puckett
April 24, 2017 - 4:00 am

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) This morning at UB, a discussion on the future of health care following the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act. One of the participants says he's surprised by the direction of the current conversation.

"It's interesting there's so much dialogue about the politics of the Affordable Care Act which deals with who gets covered and how, and many of us think the real issue is how can we keep improving health care to make it affordable and deliver more consistent results for individuals," says Dr. Michael Cropp of Independent Health. "Where a lot of energy will continue to be focused will be payment reform, and how we can deliver better results as a community." Cropp says there's been movement to focus on clear results on better health, better experience of care and more affordability, and Cropp says with more dialogue it'll become easier to get alignment around the work needed to get those results.

Cropp says he doesn't know what to expect from Washington, "At best, it will just determine who will pay for whom coming into the system, but that's really a local responsibilty."

Congressman Tom Reed says Congress is transitioning to a system about empowering people to choose the health care that works best for them. "We're going to provide people with lower end income levels with the resource to make the purchases, and then we get into a situation where we deal with the cost equation," says Reed. "Making sure folks who know what the system will be coming, and when it comes to Medicaid, that's preserved and no one will have the rug pulled out from under them."

Reed estimates any transition to take two to three years.

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