Obamacare’s sinking safety net

July 13, 2016

What’s happening in North Carolina is repeating itself in state after state across the country and represents the most acute structural threat to the marquee achievement of President Barack Obama’s presidency. A POLITICO review of 2015 financial filings from nearly 100 health plans across a dozen geographically and politically diverse states found that less than a quarter of them hit the standard break-even point for insurers, at which payouts are kept to about 85 percent of premiums taken in. And 40 percent of them had medical costs that outright exceeded the premiums they brought in. The bottom line: many of those insurers lost tens of millions of dollars on their Obamacare policies last year.

Source: Obamacare’s sinking safety net


Obamacare Going Bust | LifeZette

July 12, 2016

Haislmaier said that in the individual health insurance market, 15 companies had to pay penalties despite having a loss ratio of greater 116 percent, meaning that for every $1 they collected in premiums, they paid out $1.16 in claims. Yet those companies had to pay an average risk adjustment penalty of 7.7 percent of their premiums.

Source: Obamacare Going Bust | LifeZette


Five Things ACA Supporters Don’t Want You To Know About UnitedHealth’s Withdrawal From ObamaCare – Forbes

April 19, 2016

UnitedHealth is withdrawing from most of the 34 ObamaCare Exchanges in which it currently sells, citing losses of $650 million in 2016. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation report indicates UnitedHealth’s departure will leave consumers on Oklahoma’s Exchange with only one choice of insurance carriers. Were UnitedHealth to exit all 34 states, the share of counties with only one or two carriers on the Exchange would rise from 36 percent to 52 percent, while the share of enrollees with only one or two carriers from which to choose would nearly double from 15 percent to 29 percent.

Source: Five Things ACA Supporters Don’t Want You To Know About UnitedHealth’s Withdrawal From ObamaCare – Forbes


Surge in Medicare Advantage Sign-Ups Confounds Expectations – The New York Times

February 15, 2016

Five years into Medicare spending cuts that were supposed to devastate private Medicare options for older Americans, enrollment in private insurance plans through Medicare has shot up by more than 50 percent, confounding experts and partisans alike and providing possible lessons for the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges.

Source: Surge in Medicare Advantage Sign-Ups Confounds Expectations – The New York Times


Presidential Resignation: Good Move, Wrong President, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

November 12, 2015

one of Butler’s objections to President Wolfe was “graduate students being robbed of their health insurance.” If this is a big concern of Butler’s and not just a side issue, then Butler called for the wrong president to resign. He should have called for President Obama to resign. Why? Because what caused the University of Missouri to quit subsidizing graduate students’ health care was, you guessed it, Obamacare.

Source: Presidential Resignation: Good Move, Wrong President, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty


Flatlined: White House Says Obamacare Exchange Enrollment Growth To Collapse In 2016 – Forbes

October 15, 2015

when the law was passed, the Congressional Budget Office projected that enrollment would grow by 8 million in 2016, and reach a total of 21 million effectuated enrollees. In other words, Obamacare’s exchanges are on track to achieve less than half of the enrollment that was originally predicted.

Source: Flatlined: White House Says Obamacare Exchange Enrollment Growth To Collapse In 2016 – Forbes


Keynote: HEALTH CARE REFORM: WORKING/NOT WORKING? – YouTube

April 3, 2015

Is health care reform finding its footing—or fatally flawed? MIT economist and Affordable Care Act (ACA) expert Jonathan Gruber and Cato Institute Director of Health Policy Studies Michael Cannon share opposing viewpoints on the current state of reform.

via Keynote: HEALTH CARE REFORM: WORKING/NOT WORKING? – YouTube.


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