Individual Health Insurance Market Continues Its Decline

From a peak of 18.8 million in 2015  — the first year of Obamacare — the number of Americans enrolled in individual marketplace health insurance policies has dropped to 13.7 million, most of the decline stemming from the non-Obamacare exchanges. Following the zeroing out in 2019 of the individual mandate penalty — buy insurance or […]

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After Steep Increases in 2019, Obamacare Premiums Poised to Moderate

An analysis of health insurer rate filings with state commissioners shows that 2020 premiums for policies sold on the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) exchanges look to rise just 0.6 percent, according to a report by Healthcare Dive. Many states might actually see a decrease, with Colorado showing an expected plunge of 18 percent. […]

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No Subsidy=No Obamacare for 2.5 Million Drop-Outs

From 2016 to 2018, 2.5 million customers who failed to qualify for a subsidy dropped their coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), a 40 percent falloff, according to data released Monday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). “As President Trump predicted, people are fleeing the individual market. Obamacare is […]

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ACA Fate in Hands of 5th Circuit Court

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard arguments in early July on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The justices were convened to weigh an appeal from Blue State attorneys-general (AGs) over a ruling in December 2018 by District Judge Reed O’Connor of […]

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Obamacare Appeals Hearing on Track Despite Request for Delay

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals originally set a deadline of today for the filing of supplemental briefs on the question of whether Blue State attorneys general (AGs) and the House of Representatives have standing in the case of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), and surprisingly, Red State AGs […]

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5th Circuit Adds New Wrinkle to Obamacare Ruling Appeal

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments on appeal of a district judge’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) is unconstitutional, but it is now questioning whether anyone has the standing to argue against the ruling. The Trump administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) has already agreed in toto […]

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SCOTUS to Hear Case on Obamacare Risk Corridor Payments

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a case brought by health insurance companies claiming they are owed $12 billion by the government for unfunded Obamacare risk corridor payments. Risk corridor payments were designed to compensate those insurance companies that ended up with a sicker (and therefore more expensive) population of enrollees. The money was […]

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Five Cities Sue Trump Administration Over Obamacare

A coalition of five cities has sued President Trump and officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for deliberately “sabotaging” the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The suit hinges on a clause in the Constitution and on the judicial review powers set forth in the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). The clause […]

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Judge Rules ACA Contraceptive Mandate Subject to Religious Objection

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor of Ft. Worth, Texas, who last year ruled the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) unconstitutional, this past week ruled that individuals with religious objections must be allowed to buy insurance without the ACA-mandated contraceptive mandate. Judge O’Connor’s prior ruling is on hold pending a July 8 hearing before […]

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HHS Proposes to Reverse Transgender Protections under Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) contains language prohibiting discrimination in health care based on sex, which was expanded under a 2016 rule by the Obama-era Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to include gender identity. Now the Trump HHS has proposed reversing that rule and confining ACA anti-discrimination protections to only the […]

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