Is Obamacare in Danger Again?

The Republican party has finally gotten exactly what they have been hoping for over the last five years: a favorable judicial ruling against the Affordable Care Act. But is Obamacare really in danger, or is this just another election year political ploy?

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Conservatives Laud Obamacare Ruling as ‘Rebuke’ to ‘Imperial’ President

Conservatives Thursday cheered a ruling by a federal judge that the Obama administration was illegally paying out as much as $175 billion to finance Obamacare, with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus calling it “another rebuke by the courts to a president who has routinely flouted the Constitution.”

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California Wants Obamacare for Undocumented Immigrants

In a potentially precedent-setting maneuver, legislators are attempting to clear the way for undocumented immigrants to buy health insurance through Covered California, the state’s Obamacare exchange.

The fusion of illegal immigration and Obamacare, two of the most highly-charged elements on the periodic table of U.S. politics, could engender a combustible election year reaction.

Read more at The Daily Beast

Humana Says Obamacare ‘Product Exits’ Coming For 2017

Humana said it’s in the process of making several changes to turn the individual health insurance coverage it offers under the Affordable Care Act profitable, including leaving certain states.

If Humana follows through and departs several states, it would be the second major carrier to do so in recent weeks. UnitedHealth Group UNH -0.34% said last month it was scaling back to a “handful” of public exchange markets in 2017.

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Millions of Poor Still Could Have Gotten Coverage Without Obamacare

Millions of poor Americans have signed up for no-cost health insurance that they could have gotten even without the passage of Obamacare.

These Americans already were eligible for Medicaid, a government-funded program that provides medical coverage at little or no cost, but they didn’t sign up for it because they didn’t have to or because they didn’t realize they could.

In recent years, however, the publicity of Obamacare has driven them to sign up in droves, so much so that economists and health policy wonks have dubbed the phenomenon the “woodwork effect,” or the “welcome mat” population. This group turned out to be larger than anyone anticipated.

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Obamacare’s November Surprise

The last thing Democrats want to contend with just a week before the 2016 presidential election is an outcry over double-digit insurance hikes as millions of Americans begin signing up for Obamacare.

But that looks increasingly likely as health plans socked by Obamacare losses look to regain their financial footing by raising rates.

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Aetna CEO’s Cure For Obamacare Requires Congressional Remedy

Aetna chief executive Mark Bertolini has no confidence Congress and the Obama administration can move past politics in an election year and make changes he believes would stabilize the Affordable Care Act’s public exchanges.

But he’s got some ideas he hopes the next Congress and White House will consider to shore up so-called “risk pools” to attract more healthy people to buy policies. Healthy people paying premiums into the “pool” are critical to cover the costs of the mounting claims of sick Americans signing up to individual private coverage on exchanges. And that’s been a problem for Obamacare.

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Obamacare Disaster Will Be Obama’s Enduring Domestic Legacy

Even before he leaves office, Obamacare has begun unraveling.

The law was passed over the objections of a majority of Americans, it is still opposed by a majority of Americans — and their opposition has been vindicated. Last week, UnitedHealth Group announced that, after estimated losses of more than $1 billion for 2015 and 2016 under Obamacare, the company was pulling out of most of its ill-fated exchanges.

Even before he leaves office, Obamacare has begun unraveling.

Read more at The Washington Post

Obamacare Premiums Expected to Rise Sharply Amid Insurer Losses

Health insurance companies are laying the groundwork for substantial increases in ObamaCare premiums, opening up a line of attack for Republicans in a presidential election year.

Many insurers have been losing money on the ObamaCare marketplaces, in part because they set their premiums too low when the plans started in 2014. The companies are now expected to seek substantial price increases.

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This is the Real Reason Obamacare is Sputtering

The fix is actually very straightforward: We need to increase the generosity of its subsidies.

Sometimes a policy was just a bad idea from the get-go, and spending more will just throw good money after bad. But sometimes a policy was a perfectly workable idea, and we just didn’t spend enough on it.

Read more at The Week