Obamacare

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    “Force people to buy insurance or pay a penalty, and it shouldn’t surprise you when more people end up buying insurance.”

    In his story about the rate of uninsured in the U.S. and in North Carolina, Richard Craver of the Winston-Salem Journal asked JLF’s Mitch Kokai for his thoughts on health insurance and the Affordable Care Act. Craver reports slightly more than 1 million North Carolinians lack health insurance.
    Donna Martinez, September 13, 2017
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    R.I.P. Blue Cross Grandfathered Plans

    They were good while they lasted. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina announced last week that it would end all of its grandfathered health insurance plans December 31. All of the 50,000 people who still have one of these plans will need to enroll in an ObamaCare plan for January 1,…
    Joseph Coletti, August 21, 2017
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    Fixing Obamacare now

    Tevi Troy and Lanhee Chen offer health care reform ideas in a Washington Post column. Even if Republicans had succeeded in their recent efforts, skinny repeal would have come nowhere close to solving the problems that plague our health-care system, especially rising costs and declining choices. Of…
    Mitch Kokai, August 4, 2017
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    Glad we’re not in Idaho

    Ali Meyer of the Washington Free Beacon offers more evidence of the Affordable Care Act’s long-term problems. Health care insurers in Idaho have requested premium rate hikes as high as 81 percent for next year, according to the state’s Department of Insurance. … … For all plans, insurers…
    Mitch Kokai, August 4, 2017
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    JLF’s Kokai to Winston-Salem Journal: Market Forces Key To Lowering Health Care Costs

    Richard Craver of the Winston-Salem Journal reports on the revised Obamacare rate hike request from Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.C.: Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.C. plans to lower its premium rate hike request for 2018 individual Affordable Care Act insurance plans from 22.9 percent to 14.1 percent, the insurer…
    Donna Martinez, August 2, 2017
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    Senate dampening hopes for Obamacare deal

    Robert King reports for the Washington Examiner that prospects remain slim for any legislation to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act. The Senate and White House are trying to pick up the pieces after a humiliating defeat last week of a bill aimed at kickstarting talks with…
    Mitch Kokai, August 2, 2017
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    Want Access to Medical Care at a Lower Price? Yes, It’s Possible

    JLF’s Katherine Restrepo joined “Capital Tonight” for a discussion of what comes next in the effort to reform and improve our health care system. Find out why she likes the idea of “direct primary care.” Would DPC work for you?  …
    Donna Martinez, August 1, 2017
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    Other Republicans not as interested as Trump in letting Obamacare implode

    David Drucker of the Washington Examiner reports on Capitol Hill reaction to President Trump’s pronouncements about the Affordable Care Act’s pending failure. Republicans in Congress are rejecting President Trump’s call to let Obamacare “implode” after the Senate failed to advance legislation to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health…
    Mitch Kokai, August 1, 2017