Full Repeal of Obamacare Would Hasten Medicare’s Insolvency | Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

January 7, 2017

Under current law, CBO projects Medicare’s HI, or Part A, trust fund will exhaust its reserve by 2026. By our estimate, full repeal of the ACA would advance that insolvency date to 2021 and more than triple the program’s 10-year deficit. Repealing the ACA’s coverage and tax provisions but retaining its Medicare cuts would advance its insolvency date to 2024 and increase its deficit by half. And either change would significantly worsen Medicare HI’s long-term financial outlook.

Source: Full Repeal of Obamacare Would Hasten Medicare’s Insolvency | Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Obamacare Approved Fake Applicants | The Daily Caller

December 16, 2016

California and the District of Columbia through their state-run marketplaces, and Florida and Virginia through the federal marketplace, approved nine of the 12 fictitious applicants GAO created for special enrollment and subsidies. That’s because there are no laws requiring marketplaces to verify whether someone is eligible for special enrollment outside the normal enrollment period for life events, like gaining a dependent through marriage or a making permanent move.

Source: Obamacare Approved Fake Applicants | The Daily Caller

Study: Premium hikes add $10B to taxpayers’ health law tab

December 16, 2016

Taxpayers will fork over nearly $10 billion more next year to cover double-digit premium hikes for subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law, according to a study being released Thursday.

The analysis from the Center for Health and Economy comes as the Republican-led Congress is preparing to repeal “Obamacare” and replace it with a GOP alternative whose details have yet to be worked out. With incoming President Donald Trump likely to sign such legislation, historic coverage gains under the 2010 health law are at stake.

The study estimates that the cost of premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will increase by $9.8 billion next year, rising from $32.8 billion currently to $42.6 billion. The average monthly subsidy will increase by $76, or 26 percent, from $291 currently to $367 in 2017.

Source: Study: Premium hikes add $10B to taxpayers’ health law tab

The Broken Promises of the Affordable Care Act | Mercatus Center

October 6, 2016

More than six years after the ACA’s passage, these promises can be measured against reality.

  • It turns out that while the percentage of individuals without insurance has declined, enrollment in the exchanges is far below projections;
  • exchange enrollees are much older and poorer than expected;
  • competition in the individual market has decreased, rather than increased;
  • rather than falling, premiums have increased significantly in both the individual and employer-sponsored markets;
  • the law’s Medicaid expansion, which is responsible for the vast majority of rate decline in uninsured Americans, came at a far higher cost than expected;
  • the law has increased, rather than decreased, overall healthcare spending; and
  • the ACA has negatively affected economic growth, despite promises to the contrary.

Source: The Broken Promises of the Affordable Care Act | Mercatus Center

Panic prompted ObamaCare lawlessness | TheHill

July 18, 2016

Senior Obama administration officials took a series of decisions beginning in late 2013 that ranged from the reckless to the illegal in an effort to keep insurers participating in health insurance exchanges. A report issued last week jointly by the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees explores how the administration came to unlawfully funnel $7 billion in unappropriated money to insurers through a single ObamaCare program.

Source: Panic prompted ObamaCare lawlessness | TheHill

Trust-Fund Budgeting > Publications > National Affairs

March 26, 2016

The passage of Obamacare is perhaps the most important recent example. By CBO’s 2010 estimates, Obamacare authorized $940 billion in new spending to expand insurance coverage over its first ten years. Congress partly offset these costs with provisions for new revenue like the medical-device tax and the so-called “Cadillac tax” on expensive employer-sponsored plans. To make up the remaining difference, it relied on Medicare changes similar to proposals that had been considered previously in the Senate Finance Committee’s earlier draft of the legislation: changes to physician payments, cuts to Medicare Advantage, and new Hospital Insurance revenues. All told, the actuaries credited Obamacare with $575 billion in net Medicare savings — even as those savings were used to paper over the law’s new spending. These ten-year estimates have changed over time, as the law’s schedule did not provide for full implementation until several years into the initial ten-year budget window.

Source: Trust-Fund Budgeting > Publications > National Affairs

HHS $3.5 Billion Heist? | Doug’s Brief Case

February 19, 2016

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Friday night that it was in the process of shorting the U.S. Treasury $3.5 billion.

Well, they didn’t exactly announce it.  You had to read between the lines.The theft of $3.5 billion will help prop up insurers that have agreed to sell Obamacare policies in the individual market.  Behind all the happy talk from Administration officials about the program’s success lies an unpleasant truth: insurers that participate in Obamacare exchanges are bleeding money.

Those losses are coming despite billions of dollars in handouts the government is providing the industry.  Some of those handouts are entirely lawful; others, not so much.

Source: HHS $3.5 Billion Heist? | Doug’s Brief Case