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Battle Over Obamacare
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Jul 10, 2018

Health Care Primer: The Sabotage And Retaliation Edition

Just as more insurers and consumers were entering the ACA individual market and things seemed to be stabilizing, the Trump administration struck a new blow against the health-care sector over the weekend, cutting off the multi-billion dollar risk adjustment payments that compensate insurers for taking on sicker and more expensive patients. The move is yet another attempt to knock out one of the legs of Obamacare — creating a scenario where insurance companies have to accept all patients regardless of their health status, but will not be financially supported in doing so. Insurers are already saying the decision will force them to set their premiums even higher in 2019 to make up for this uncertainty, which is likely to price more people out of the market. The Trump administration claims it is obligated to suspend these payments because of a court ruling out of New Mexico questioning their legality, but there is reason to be skeptical. Health law experts are…

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