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Past health chiefs: insurance market stability is the goal

Past health chiefs: insurance market stability is the goal Photo: AP

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
August 21, 2017 05:55 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three former U.S. health secretaries of both parties say President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress should make stabilizing health insurance marketplaces their immediate goal.

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Former Health and Human Services secretaries Kathleen Sebelius, Mike Leavitt and Tommy Thompson tell The Associated Press that calming markets should be the objective now that "Obamacare" seems here for the foreseeable future.

At minimum they say there should be the clarity around billions in subsidies for consumers' insurance copays and deductibles. Trump has repeatedly threatened to end the "Obamacare" payments, though the administration has continued to make monthly subsidy payments to insurers.

The 2018 sign-up season for subsidized private health plans starts Nov. 1.

Sebelius served under President Barack Obama while Thompson and Leavitt served under President George W. Bush.

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By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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