On Thursday, the Department of Labor announced a new rule that aims to help 11 million Americans find coverage by giving more flexibility to employers to offer health insurance coverage.
The Republican National Committee said this week that late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and Senate Democrats have been making “false claims” and “distorting the truth” about congressional efforts to renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, citing recent news reports and the Washington Post fact checker.
The Washington Post fact checker gave Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) “two Pinocchios” for claiming Wednesday that the Senate Republican tax plan is “kicking 13 million people off health insurance to give tax cuts to the wealthy” by adding a repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate to the most recent version of the bill.
There are 5.8 million uninsured individuals who could purchase an Obamacare plan for less than the cost of the penalty for not having health insurance, according to a report from Kaiser Family Foundation.
The average monthly premium for Obamacare’s second-lowest cost silver plan, otherwise known as the benchmark plan, is up 37 percent from 2017, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services.
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is “supportive of” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) as a person and for the role he played in reaching a bipartisan health care deal, but added that he does not support the agreement because it “bails out” insurance companies that profited from Obamacare.
Obamacare plan premiums may increase an average of 30.6 percent in Pennsylvania next year due to health care insurers rate hike requests, according to the state’s acting insurance commissioner.
An Obamacare tax that will be imposed in 2018 will raise premiums even further and is estimated to cost $270 billion over the next decade, according to a report commissioned by UnitedHealth Group.
The majority of households paying the Obamacare penalty in 2015 were low- and middle-income households, according to the most recent data from the Internal Revenue Service.