Insurers say Trump must do more to stabilize 'Obamacare'


In 2014, we saw some degree of cooperation between OICs and insurers, but as the losses built up for insurance companies from ACA plans, their patience wore thin and the OICs were exposed as being nearly entirely useless.

Medica spokesman Greg Bury offered a slightly more optimistic statement from the Minnesota-based insurer that sells plans on the Affordable Care Act exchange in Kansas.

While others in the administration are trying to avoid this by extending deadlines and reassuring continuing current support to stabilize the market, Trump's misreading of the market may damage the exchanges beyond fix and, with it, the continued role of private insurers in future government options. Some insurers said they've lost hundreds of millions of dollars, and many have pulled back or are considering it. Deadlines for insurers to file their 2018 plans with regulators are typically in May and June. At the same time, the future of a projected $10 billion in payments for next year have been cast in doubt, due to a lawsuit by House Republicans that successfully challenged the constitutionality of the funding.

"I will do everything I can to make sure the cost-sharing reduction payments get made, especially this year, where they were promised by the federal government under the contracts", Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, told Bloomberg News last month.

The history of Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is a cautionary tale on how not to enact change.

She liquidated her retirement account to help pay medical bills and sometimes resorted to putting premiums or coinsurance payments on credit cards.

"Options" in the March 26 Chronicle, explained that a third of the counties in our nation only have one insurance company.

But in developing a competitive market where you are trying to entice many players into a long-term commitment, confidence and cash flow are critical.

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Among these fundamental factors are the economics of health care and health insurance. For these working families, which together with families living in poverty, make up 44 percent of us all, affording health care is an enormous stretch. "It's all very precarious for me".

And nationwide, a lot more poor people are covered by health insurance than were before the Affordable Care Act. "Additionally, today's final rule from HHS is noticeably silent on the issue of cost-sharing subsidies, which is the single most important action for market stability". While some of the uninsured were people who made a conscious decision to "go bare", most were people who simply had been priced out of the health insurance marketplace - and they were priced out largely because of the outcome of the demise of community rating. With Obamacare, that increased to 360,000 and premiums dropped an average of 53 percent. It also allows insurers to refuse coverage to anyone who owes money for unpaid premiums.

The CSRs are reimbursements for insurers that cover low-income ObamaCare enrollees. They don't think the federal government should play any part in helping people get coverage, or telling insurers what that has to be.

"It's baked in - it's created to be seamless for the consumer, but that makes the benefit hidden as well", said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California.

In California, for example, a silver plan typically comes with a deductible of $2,500. But most people do not pay anywhere near that much. The uncertainty will mean higher costs passed on to consumers. The prudent move would be either to quit the exchanges or to impose huge premium increases to offset the risk that the subsidies will disappear - enough to deter people from signing up.

The organizations said insurers could be driven out of the marketplaces if they can't count on continued funding for these cost-sharing payments. This leads to fewer people having good insurance than before Obamacare.

That desire to make a few extra bucks for shareholders was the beginning of the end of true community-rated plans and the beginning of insurance premiums becoming unaffordable to people that insurance underwriters didn't favor. That could leave more sick people in plans than healthy ones, driving up premiums even more.

"It wasn't authorized by Congress", Trump said of the payments to the Journal.