Death by a Thousand Cuts — or One Executive Action — to Obamacare

Shortly after signing an executive order barring any new regulations by federal agencies, President Donald J. Trump signed another order that mandates his agencies to “to waive, defer, grant exemptions from or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the [Affordable Care] Act [ACA]” that they deem to burden individuals, insurers, health-care providers, or […]

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Obamacare Popularity Picks Up as the End Nears

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows for the first time that those who think the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) is a “good idea” outweigh those who think it’s a “bad idea,” 45 to 41 percent. It was the first positive poll result for the health care program since it was announced […]

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Poll Shows Widespread Support for Obamacare Overhaul, Possible Replacement

While President-elect Donald Trump announced key appointments to posts responsible for the nation’s health care policies, a Gallup poll continued a yearslong indication of public discontent with Obamacare. Some 53 percent of those polled in November dislike the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while only 42 percent approve, figures relatively unchanged since the ACA passed in […]

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At Least 8.4 Million to Face Stiff Health Care Premium Hikes

At least 8.4 million consumers buying health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges for 2017 will bear the brunt of the across-the-board premium increases health insurers set for 2017 policies, according to an analysis by the Wall Street Journal. Seven million of them will be those who purchase policies outside the federal and state health insurance […]

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Obamacare Open Enrollment Begins Today

Open enrollment on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) federal insurance exchange, HealthCare.gov, opens today with millions of people facing huge premium increases along with a loss of options. In Arizona, for instance, consumers will have the choice of just one insurer in all but a single county, and in Southwest Florida residents also have just one […]

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HHS Forges Partnerships to Promote Obamacare Open Enrollment

Ahead of the fourth Open Enrollment period, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a commitment from seventeen companies to support enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace. These companies will connect freelance professionals, entrepreneurs and customers with information and resources to encourage enrollment in affordable coverage throughout the Open Enrollment period beginning Nov. […]

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Administration Targets Young People for Obamacare Sign-Ups

With the sign-up of young persons lagging behind the needs of balancing young and old, healthy and sick, the administration is turning to cyberspace and other initiatives to lure young people into signing up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. In 2016, fewer than 30 percent of Obamacare sign-ups out of […]

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Almost Two-Thirds of U.S. Counties Face Two or Fewer Health Insurance Choices

An analysis by the respected Kaiser Family Foundation finds that 31 percent of U.S. counties will have only one insurer to choose from when open enrollment for Obamacare commences Nov. 1. Another 31 percent will have only two, and one county — Pinal in Arizona — likely will have none. In 2016, only 7 percent […]

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Obamacare Premiums Rise Steeply

State insurance commissioners, under pressure from health insurers bleeding red on the Obamacare exchanges, have begun approving rate hikes up to 62 percent, but the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) quickly reassured consumers that taxpayers would pick up the tab. With insurance premiums to be announced steadily up to the Nov. 1 open […]

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Aetna Fleeing Obamacare Exchanges in 11 of 15 States It Serves

Aetna Inc., citing losses of at least $300 million this year on Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance policies, announced it is abandoning the Obamacare marketplaces in 11 of the 15 states it currently serves, leaving Pinal County in Arizona with no insurer willing to offer policies. After the move, Aetna will be offering policies […]

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