Obamacare

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    Obamacare minus Obama

    Robert King and Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner ponder the future of Obamacare. The first open enrollment for Obamacare starts Nov. 1 without its architect and chief advocate in the White House, raising questions about how it will fare under a new administration that views repeal…
    Mitch Kokai, October 31, 2017
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    Obamacare and Rising Costs

    JLF’s Katherine Restrepo offers perspective on Obamacare subsidies to Spectrum News. WATCH.
    Donna Martinez, October 19, 2017
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    Will President Trump Use Executive Orders to Infuse Competition Into Health Care?

    The latest congressional effort to replace Obamacare with a market-oriented option has failed. So what will President Trump do next? Could he use executive orders? On NC Capital Tonight, Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation senior vice president, weighed in on that option. Watch here.
    Donna Martinez, September 28, 2017
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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