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White House expands ObamaCare again, fixing ‘family problem’ and expanding eligibility for subsidized plans


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President Biden’s administration plans to expand the availability of coverage under the Affordable Care Act, citing a “problem” that has prevented about 5 million people from qualifying for subsidized health plans.

The White House will propose an amendment to the program that will allow families with health insurance through an employer to receive financial assistance to pay for coverage. Under the proposed change, households that spend 10% or more on healthcare insurance will not be eligible for financial assistance.

Biden “will take additional steps to further strengthen the ACA and save families hundreds of dollars a month on their health care costs,” the White House said. But Biden officials have provided few details on how much the expansion will cost or how it will be paid for.

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Under current program guidelines, “reasonable” employer-based health insurance is a disqualifying factor in claims for ACA assistance. Affordable was previously defined as less than 10% of income.

Former President Barack Obama and President Joe Biden
(Joe Biden/Instagram)

However, this measure does not take into account the skyrocketing premiums for individual family members on the same plan, which have become an increasing burden for low-income households.

The proposed change would come into effect in January 2023.

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The announcement comes as former President Barack Obama makes an in-person return to the White House for the first time since 2017.

Vice President Joe Biden whispers "It's a big f------ deal," to President Barack Obama during the White House health bill ceremony, March 23, 2010.

Vice President Joe Biden whispers ‘That’s a big f——‘ to President Barack Obama during the White House health bill ceremony, March 23, 2010.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The former president “will deliver a speech celebrating the success of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid in extending affordable health insurance to millions of Americans,” a White House official said.

The event aims to draw attention to Biden’s domestic agenda, which has been marred by record inflation and a slow economic recovery, and overshadowed by Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine.

Fox News’ Lawrence Richard contributed to this report.


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