Despite relentless efforts by the Republican-led Congress to repeal, replace, kill or cripple Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land. But President Trump recently issued executive orders targeting key elements of the program: in particular, he halted the insurance-company subsidies that help reduce premiums for low income Americans. Now, just days before the start of the 2018 Open Enrollment Season (November 1-December 15, 2017), a bi-partisan effort is underway in Congress to restore those subsidies, and shore up the nation's troubled insurance marketplace. But it's not clear when, or if, the measure will come to a vote.
Tom examines what’s ahead for American health care with two astute observers of health care policy and politics: Julie Rovner is Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, an independent, non profit news organization; she joins us from KHN studios in Washington, DC.; and Joseph Antos is a health policy scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative research center. He joins us on the line from the AEI studio in Washington.