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More Than 1 Million to Lose Obamacare Plans as Insurers Quit

October 14, 2016

Zachary Tracer

 

 

"A growing number of people in Obamacare are finding out their health insurance plans will disappear from the program next year, forcing them to find new coverage even as options shrink and prices rise.

 

At least 1.4 million people in 32 states will lose the Obamacare plan they have now, according to state officials contacted by Bloomberg. That’s largely caused by Aetna Inc., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and some state or regional insurers quitting the law’s markets for individual coverage.
 
Sign-ups for Obamacare coverage begin next month. Fallout from the quitting insurers has emerged as the latest threat to the law, which is also a major focal point in the U.S. presidential election. While it’s not clear what all the consequences of the departing insurers will be, interviews with regulators and insurance customers suggest that plans will be fewer and more expensive, and may not include the same doctors and hospitals.
 
It may also mean that instead of growing in 2017, Obamacare could shrink. As of March 31, the law covered 11.1 million people; an Oct. 13 S&P Global Ratings report predicted that enrollment next year will range from an 8 percent decline to a 4 percent gain.
 
Vanishing Plan
 
Last year in Minnesota, Theresa Puffer, 61, used Obamacare to sign up for a BlueCross BlueShield plan after leaving her job following a skin cancer diagnosis. “I would have had a hard time finding any sort of coverage before the ACA,” Puffer said by phone.
 
Next year, Puffer’s plan is disappearing from Obamacare -"
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‘I Had Nothing to Do With That!’ Obama Dodges Blame For Skyrocketing Premiums

October 20, 2016

 

 

"President Barack Obama offers multiple excuses for why health insurance premiums continue to skyrocket, including blaming Republicans and insurance companies for the problems.

He complains that too many reporters spend more time discussing premium increases than explaining why he isn’t responsible for them.
 
“No, I had nothing to do with that,” Obama said, calling it “complicated” despite the “hysteria” that was growing.
 
Obama traveled to Florida to argue that Obamacare was working well, but needed to be fixed.
 
During his speech, he pointed out that when smart phone companies released a product that had bugs in it, they fixed it.
 
“Unless it catches fire. Then they pull it off the market,” he admitted, likely referring to the disastrous exploding Samsung Galaxy S7. 
 
But the president argued that companies weren’t trying to repeal smart phones, but rather fix the problems with the modern devices rather than return to rotary dial up phones.
 
“We’re not going to go back,” Obama said, challenging Republicans who repeatedly called for an Obamacare repeal.
 
The president argued that most people got their health care from their jobs, insisting that Obamacare didn’t even affect their premiums or health policy changes.
 
“These are decisions made by your employers, it’s not because of Obamacare,” he said."
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Does this guy live on the same planet as i do?
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Arizona Obamacare Plan To Jump By 116 Percent When Premiums Go Up Next Year

October 25, 2016

 

 

"NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Arizona will be hit the hardest when Obamacare premiums go up next year.

 
The Department of Health and Human Services revealed Monday that premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, and that about 1 in 5 consumers will have plans only from a single insurer to pick from, after major national carriers such as UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Aetna scaled back their roles.
 
However, in Arizona, unsubsidized premiums for a hypothetical 27-year-old buying a benchmark “second-lowest cost silver plan” will jump by 116 percent, from $196 to $422, according to the administration report.
 
But HHS said if that hypothetical consumer has a fairly modest income, making $25,000 a year, the subsidies would cover $280 of the new premium, and the consumer would pay $142. Caveat: if the consumer is making $30,000 or $40,000, his or her subsidy would be significantly lower.
 
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called the Affordable Care Act a “failure.”
 
“Arizona families are demanding affordability, accessibility and choice when it comes to their health care – not the expensive, restrictive and poor quality care that has been forced upon them by Obamacare,” McCain said in a statement. “Until President Obama and Congressional Democrats wake up to the law’s failure, and until we repeal and replace it with solutions that encourage competition and put patients back in charge, the Washington-knows-best approach will continue to unfairly burden the Arizona families it was supposed to help.”
 
Obama administration officials are stressing that subsidies provided under the law, which are designed to rise alongside premiums, will insulate most customers from sticker shock. They add that consumers who are willing to switch to cheaper plans will still be able to find bargains."
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Obamacare Penalty For Not Having Healthcare To Double Alongside Premium Hikes
October 26, 2016
 
"WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday.
 
To make matters worse, the penalty for individuals and families who did not have health insurance in 2016 will also nearly double as compared to fees for 2015 tax returns when revisions to the Affordable Care Act go into effect.
 
According to the IRS, shared responsibility payments will jump to $695 per adult and $347.50 per child, with the family maximum not to exceed $2,085 or 2.5 percent income above the filing threshold. That’s up from $325 per adult and $162.50 per child, with a maximum of $975 per family for the 2015 tax year."
 
The maximum payment amount is capped at the equated cost based on the national average price of a bronze level healthcare plan. Families and individuals who need to file for a return will pay penalty costs based on the amount of months they were uninsured, according to the IRS.
 
According  to the IRS, the national average premium for a bronze level healthcare plan on the Obamacare marketplace was $2,484 a year, or $207 per month for individuals,  and $12,240 a year, or $1,020 per month for a family of five or more."
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Yep, if you like your Doctor, you can keep your Doctor.  IF you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance.  THIEVES and LIARS    Hey, we live in a FREE country, right??
 
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'Mistake Without Exception': US Senate Aims to Repeal Obamacare

from October 11, 2016  (don't know how I missed this)

 

"Repealing US President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform law, known as Obamacare, is one of the first items the US Senate will take up in the next session of Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Wednesday.

 

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Repeal of Obamacare, McConnell said, is a "pretty high item" on the Senate's agenda.

"It [Obamacare] was the single worst piece of legislation among many pieces of legislation passed in the first two years of the Obama presidency," McConnell said at a press conference in the US Capitol. Major US health insurance companies have pulled out of the government run exchanges after suffering hundreds of millions of dollars in losses in the previous two years. The law established the exchanges for uninsured people to buy policies from private companies. When open enrollment for 2017 began one week before Tuesday’s presidential election, many customers discovered rate increases of more than 50 percent.

"Every single Republican [in the US Congress] thought Obamacare was a mistake without exception," McConnell said. "That’s still our view and you can expect us, with a new president who has the same view, to address that issue."

New insurance rates from companies still participating in Obamacare exchanges now exceed $1,000 a month for a typical US family, sometimes representing more than one-quarter of disposable income, according to the latest published rates.

US government subsidies cushion some of the impact, but small business owners and employees are especially hard hit because they earn slightly too much to qualify for government aid, according to critics that include former President Bill Clinton."

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https://sputniknews.com/us/201611101047271977-us-senate-repeal-obamacare/

Where have they been?  This article is dated Oct. 11, yet it mentions working with a new pres that feels as they do?  I find that pretty strange!  IOW they knew who was going to win?

 

 

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1 hour ago, breezy said:

Where have they been?  This article is dated Oct. 11, yet it mentions working with a new pres that feels as they do?  I find that pretty strange!  IOW they knew who was going to win?

Breezy, I think it's dated European style. So it's November 10. (10.11.2016) And it's probably already Thursday there. (I'm pretty sure I saw a similar article earlier today in my twitter feed.) That's why, particularly at work since I work internationally, I do my dates 10 November 2016 for avoidance of doubt. 

Let's don't even get started on why we accept November as the eleventh month (rather than ninth). ?

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@kandescent  I'm sure you are 100% correct, hiding in a corner now. LOL

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BREAKING. Obamacare Repeal Resolution Introduced

Jan. 3, 2017     Strief

"So just now Speaker of the House Paul (Only-one-dissenting-vote) Ryan announced that a resolution has been introduced to repeal Obamacare

“This is the first step toward relief for Americans struggling under Obamacare. This resolution sets the stage for repeal followed by a stable transition to a better health care system. Our goal is to ensure that patients will be in control of their health care and have greater access to quality, affordable coverage. Today we begin to deliver on our promise to the American people.”

Resolution text.

Meanwhile, over in the Senate, Mike Enzi has done the same thing.

Republicans are wasting no time in their effort to repeal Obamacare.

Senate Republicans took the first official step toward repealing President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law Tuesday afternoon, filing a budget resolution that puts the wheels of overhauling the Affordable Care Act into motion.

The move, coming just hours after the commencement of a new session of Congress, underscored that stripping down Obamacare will be the Republican Party’s top legislative priority under future President Donald Trump.
The Senate debate over the resolution is expected to take multiple days, likely dragging out into next week, according to a Senate GOP source. Democratic lawmakers could also try to slow down the process by proposing numerous amendments.

The budget resolution is the first in a two-part process to repeal Obamacare. It instructs relevant congressional committees to craft a budget reconciliation bill, which will include language repealing major parts of the law.

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http://www.redstate.com/streiff/2017/01/03/breaking.-obamacare-repeal-resolution-introduced/

 

 

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Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won't Reject Tax Returns That Don't Answer Health Insurance Question

Peter Suderman  Feb. 14, 2017

The tax agency has stopped requiring individual filers to indicate whether they maintained health coverage or paid the mandate penalty as required under the law

"How much difference does a single line on a tax form make? For Obamacare's individual mandate, the answer might be quite a lot.

Following President Donald Trump's executive order instructing agencies to provide relief from the health law, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be taking a more lax approach to the coverage requirement.

The health law's individual mandate requires everyone to either maintain qualifying health coverage or pay a tax penalty, known as a "shared responsibility payment." The IRS was set to require filers to indicate whether they had maintained coverage in 2016 or paid the penalty by filling out line 61 on their form 1040s. Alternatively, they could claim exemption from the mandate by filing a form 8965.

For most filers, filling out line 61 would be mandatory. The IRS would not accept 1040s unless the coverage box was checked, or the shared responsibility payment noted, or the exemption form included. Otherwise they would be labeled "silent returns" and rejected.

Instead, however, filling out that line will be optional.

Earlier this month, the IRS quietly altered its rules to allow the submission of 1040s with nothing on line 61. The IRS says it still maintains the option to follow up with those who elect not to indicate their coverage status, although it's not clear what circumstances might trigger a follow up. But what would have been a mandatory disclosure will instead be voluntary. Silent returns will no longer be automatically rejected. The change is a direct result of the executive order President Donald Trump issued in January directing the government to provide relief from Obamacare to individuals and insurers, within the boundaries of the law."

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http://reason.com/blog/2017/02/14/irs-blow-to-obamacare-individual-mandate

 

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Obama stole $260 BILLION from Fannie/Freddie investors for Obamacare bail-in! #Fanniegate

 

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Sessions announces charges against 412 people, the largest takedown in U.S. history

 

What I noted was that specific number  412    found it interesting

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Millions gained coverage since Obamacare, but many are worse off as premiums soar

Daniel Chang         Dec. 9, 2017

"As open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage nears the deadline of Dec. 15, and Florida once again leads all states using the federal exchange at healthcare.gov, Heidi and Richard Reiter sit at the kitchen table at their Davie home and struggle to piece together the family’s health insurance for 2018.

The Reiters buy their own coverage, but they earn too much to qualify for financial aid to lower their monthly premiums. For 2017, they bought a plan off the exchange and paid $26,000 in premiums for family coverage, including their two sons, ages 21 and 17.

Keeping the same coverage for 2018 would have cost the Reiters $40,000 in premiums, a 54 percent increase. So they selected a lower-priced plan that covers less but costs $29,000 in premiums.

“That’s more than a lot of people’s mortgage payments,” Richard Reiter said. “For me, it’s a crisis situation.”

More than a million Floridians have gained health insurance since the ACA exchange launched in 2014, and many more have seen their coverage improve as a result of the health law’s benefit requirements.

But one group of Floridians is worse off.

As rates skyrocket, and uncertainty over the health law threatens to push premiums even higher, consumers who buy their own coverage and earn too much to qualify for financial aid are bearing the brunt of price increases.

“People have every right to be angry,” said Sabrina Corlette, a researcher and professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute.

Corlette said that going into 2017, health insurers on the ACA exchange raised rates to account for rising healthcare costs from prescription drugs and consumers who used more healthcare than anticipated. Other factors, including the expiration of an ACA program designed to stabilize premiums and the departure of insurers from the exchange, also contributed to the increases.

But, Corlette said, “Things started to turn around for the carriers in 2016 and then improved a lot in 2017. So the question becomes, ‘If they did so well in 2017, then what’s driving the premium increases for 2018?’ 

Corlette said she read through actuarial reports filed by health insurers to justify their rate hikes for 2018 coverage and found a common theme: uncertainty about the future of the health law.

“Insurers do not like uncertainties,” she said, “and the uncertainty swirling around the future of this market is going to cause them to hike the premiums.”    <<iow IF Pres.Trump refuses to allow you and I to be forced into buying health ins., in the future, the ins. co's intend to get as much money as they can out of you, while they can.  That's why their premiums are sky rocketing.  It's commonly known as GREED! Big Pharma is pushing this too.  How about we park responsibility for this fiasco known as OBAMACARE, right at his door, not Trump's. (thank McCain too) $40,000 for premiums for a family of four!! INDEED!! and imo completely insane!  Ditch this program or force Congress to have Obamacare that they have to pay for out of their own pockets. jmho-smh

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http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article188987144.html#fmp

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Ohio Hospital Operator Agrees to Pay United States $14.25 Million to Settle Alleged False Claims Act Violations Arising From Improper Payments to Physicians

May 10, 2018      Dep't of Justice

 

"WASHINGTON – Mercy Health, a nonprofit organization based in Cincinnati that operates healthcare facilities in Ohio and Kentucky, has agreed to pay the United States $14,250,000 to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by engaging in improper financial relationships with referring physicians, the Justice Department announced today.  

The settlement announced today resolved allegations that Mercy Health provided compensation to six employed physicians – one oncologist and five internal medicine physicians – that exceeded the fair market value of their services.  Federal law restricts the financial relationships that hospitals may have with doctors who refer patients to them.  These issues were self-disclosed to the government by Mercy Health.  

“When physicians are rewarded financially for referring patients to hospitals or other health care providers, it can affect their medical judgment, resulting in overutilization of services and higher health care costs,” said Acting Assistant Attorney Chad A. Readler, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.  “In addition to yielding a recovery for taxpayers, this settlement should deter similar conduct in the future and help make health care more affordable.”

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 https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/ohio-hospital-operator-agrees-pay-united-states-1425-million-settle-alleged-false-claims-act 

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Trump’s DOJ Declares Obamacare’s Individual Mandates Are Unconstitutional

June 8, 2018    Jack Davis

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"The Trump administration is continuing its attack on Obamacare with a new declaration that the mandate requiring everyone to buy insurance is unconstitutional.

The Justice Department made the claim on Thursday as part of a filing in a federal court case in Texas, Reuters reported.

What’s unusual about the move is that the Justice Department has signaled it will break with precedent and not support a federal law that is being attacked, according to The Hill. The case in which it filed its legal brief was brought by Texas and 19 other states. The states claim that Obamacare is unconstitutional.

“The US Supreme Court already admitted that an individual mandate without a tax penalty is unconstitutional. With no remaining legitimate basis for the law, it is time that Americans are finally free from the stranglehold of Obamacare, once and for all,”  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had said when the suit was filed.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions noted in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan that his department has a “longstanding tradition” of defending laws, but said this is “a rare case where the proper course is to forgo defense” of Obamacare."

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https://www.westernjournal.com/trumps-doj-declares-obamacares-individual-mandates-are-unconstitutional/

And who removed that individual mandate/tax penalty?  yep Trump, that's who.  More than one way to skin a cat!

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/30/trump-touts-repeal-of-obamacare-individual-mandate.html

 

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Vermont's new mandate: All residents must have health insurance

June 10, 2018               Wilson Ring

"MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont is poised to require that all residents have health insurance.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott late last month quietly signed into law a bill that will include a penalty for those who don’t have insurance. The mandate is scheduled to take effect in 2020.

A spokeswoman for the state’s largest private health insurance provider said the mandate provides stability."

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https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/10/vermont-require-all-residents-have-health-insuranc/

Interesting, would think it could be challenged.

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