• Miami HeraldMore people remain insured since Obamacare, CDC says. But many pay more out of pocket

    More Americans had health insurance during the first three months of 2017 than before the Affordable Care Act became law in March 2010, according to the National Health Interview Survey released Tuesday — but more have coverage with high out-of-pocket costs, which can discourage patients from visiting the doctor and filling a prescription. … Read the story on Miami Herald.

  • The ConversationState budgets hang in the balance as future of ACA uncertain

    Many state budget directors are starting to plan for the next fiscal year – even as debate over repealing and replacing Obamacare has stalled in Congress. In such an uncertain environment, responsible budgeting is no easy task. Congressional Budget Office analysis of the various Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal-and-replace proposals report that all of them would cause tens of millions Read more...

  • CNBCHere's a real bipartisan fix for Obamacare—in 4 steps

    In September, Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and ranking member Patty Murray (D-WA) will attempt to find a way to shore up Obamacare. Here’s a four-step plan that can satisfy Democrats and Republicans and keep Obamacare going through 2018. When Congress returns in September, Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and ranking member Patty Murray (D-WA) will Read more...

  • CNBCWhy Obamacare didn't implode

    Two months ago, things looked dire for Obamacare — and not just because Republicans in Congress were still hell-bent on repealing and replacing it. Nearly 50 counties across the United States lacked any insurers willing to sell plans on the law’s marketplaces in 2018, leaving almost 40,000 people at risk of having no options for coverage next year. But now, Read more...

  • New York TimesTrump’s Threats on Health Law Hide an Upside: Gains Made by Some Insurers

    It has not been a market for the faint of heart.Supporters of the Affordable Care Act achieved a major victory this past week when, thanks to cajoling and arm-twisting by state regulators, the last “bare” county in America — in rural Ohio — found an insurer willing to sell health coverage through the law’s marketplace there. So despite earlier indications Read more...

  • The Columbus DispatchAll Ohio counties now covered under Obamacare exchange

    Darrel Rowland The Columbus Dispatch @darreldrowland First there were 20 counties abandoned by health-care insurers covering Ohioans on the Obamacare exchange in 2018. Then a state deal cut that to one. Thursday, coverage was announced for residents of the final area: Paulding County in far northwest Ohio. “Working through this challenge has been a priority for the department and our Read more...

  • CNBCOnly one county in US remains without an Obamacare insurer for 2018

    There has been a steady decrease in the number of counties at risk of having no Obamacare plans next year. There had been 82 counties containing 92,000 Obamacare customers that were at risk of having no individual health plans offered in 2018. Currently, there are fewer than 350 people who buy such plans in the only county still at risk Read more...

  • The Huffington PostTrump's Obamacare Tantrum Shows He's Learned Nothing From Repeal's Collapse

    Maybe Donald Trump should cut Mitch McConnell a little slack. The president has been having a tantrum over health care ― calling the Senate’s failure to pass a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act last month a “disgrace,” and suggesting that McConnell, the Republican senator from Kentucky, should lose his job as majority leader if that’s where the repeal effort ends. “I’ve Read more...

  • Hartford CourantDan Haar: Soaring Health Insurance Profits Add Intrigue To Obamacare Debate

    It was a tense winter for Aetna, Cigna and the other giant national managed health care companies.Their mega-mergers collapsed in lawsuits by the Obama administration’s Department of Justice. The Trump administration’s promise to undo Obamacare injected uncertainty into the market.Profits at the end of 2016 were less than stellar except at UnitedHealth Group, the biggest of the five. A slowdown Read more...

  • The Washington PostHouse conservatives hope to revive Obamacare repeal vote

    Conservatives in the House hope to revive the failed effort to gut the Affordable Care Act with a long-shot drive to force Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) to hold a vote to simply repeal the health-care law without a replacement. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus want to seize control of the health-care debate by petitioning Republicans to hold Read more...