15 Feb / Trumpcare and The Future of Company Healthcare
Congratulations! You live in interesting times.
After a contentious confirmation process, President Trump’s new Secretary of Health and Human Services is now in his first week on the job. Said Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, is tasked with his party’s stated mission to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” That raises a few questions about the future of healthcare in the United States, to say the least.
How will the healthcare industry react?
Most importantly, how will this affect you and your organization?
There are rumors. There are a dozen competing proposals. And there is no clear line of sight on what will happen next. This uncertainty is exacerbated by the administration’s passion for abrupt and disruptive change. In fact, Trump’s own campaign promises would suggest that action is imminent:
But for all of the current examples of groups, companies, and individuals scrambling to adjust to new rules, it appears that healthcare is one category in which we’ll have more time to prepare and read the tea-leaves. Fast forwarding to now, Trump recently had this to say to Fox News about the timeline for “repeal and replace:”
“I would like to say by the end of the year at least the rudiments, but we should have something within the year and the following year.”
It appears (at least for now) that businesses will have the opportunity to watch Washington for signs of things to come and make deliberate, forward-thinking decisions. In the meantime, however, isn’t it time for your group to focus on proactively improving health and wellness?
According to the CDC, chronic disease accounts for 70% of US deaths and 86% healthcare costs – and these are conditions that can be drastically mitigated simply by 1) not smoking and 2) walking on most days.
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