By Tim Kowols
Rep. Mike Gallagher hopes work on a new healthcare law will help fix the dire straits the industry is currently in. Since the House passed their version of the American Health Care Act in May, Rep. Gallagher says more insurers are pulling out of the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace and projections show the individual market could disappear in northeast Wisconsin if nothing is done. There are a number of items the freshman Congress member hopes the United States Senate is able to address as their work continues on their version of the bill.
Some of those reforms Rep. Gallagher mentioned included issues concerning malpractice and transparency in healthcare pricing. Critics of the AHCA point to a nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projection of 23 million people losing or opting out of health insurance coverage by 2026.