Next week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) is planning to begin a motion for debate to repeal Obamacare only, after the Senate’s replacement bill could not gain enough votes to pass. Sally Pipes, president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, warns that lawmakers should keep their promise to the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare with market-based solutions.
Health care insurers in Montana have requested premium rate hikes as high as 23 percent for next year, according to the state’s insurance commissioner.
The number of health insurers applying to participate in the Obamacare exchanges has declined 38 percent since last year, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
As a result of Obamacare, 22 percent of small businesses reported they are hiring fewer workers or reducing workers’ salaries, according to a report from the Mercatus Center.
The top financial worry facing Americans today is the cost of health care, according to a poll from Gallup.
Obamacare’s risk-adjustment program is forcing smaller health insurers and some of the remaining co-ops to pay higher charges, Modern Healthcare has reported.
Premier Health Plan, a health insurer serving Ohio, has announced it is exiting the Obamacare exchanges by the end of this year.
Minuteman Health of Massachusetts and New Hampshire announced it is withdrawing from the Affordable Care Act exchanges in 2018, leaving only four co-ops in operation. The co-op will stop writing business on January 1 and organize a new company, Minuteman Insurance Company, instead.
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield will not be offering Obamacare coverage in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana next year, the company just announced.