I read 7 Republican Obamacare replacement plans. Here’s what I learned: Sarah Kliff, Vox

Filed Under: Costs

Summary: “If there’s one thing Republicans have been clear about for the past six years, it is that the top of their agenda includes repealing Obamacare,” writes Sarah Kliff over at Vox. “But Obamacare repeal would leave an estimated 22 million Americans without coverage and wreak havoc on the individual insurance market. It’s becoming increasingly […]

What Obamacare’s Successes Tell About Its Failures: HuffPo

Summary: “It’s come to be known as Obamacare. Sometimes it seems more like O-drama-care. Nearly a decade has passed since Democrats first began promoting the initiative that eventually became the Affordable Care Act. And at no point has their effort to reform America’s dysfunctional health care system gone easily,” Jonathan Cohn writes over at The […]

Are insurance companies playing hard to get with Obamacare?

Summary: “We’ve been hearing stories about problems with the ACA (Obamacare) insurance exchanges lately,” Dr. David Belk writes over at The Huffington Post, in a piece that should be read with the words “narrow network” in mind. “Now patients are buying the insurance, only to find that doctors refuse to see them. Why should these […]

Obamacare’s sinking safety net: Politico reports

Summary: “If you’re looking to find a smashing Obamacare success story—a place where the nation’s biggest and most controversial new law in a generation has truly lived up to its promise—you might stick a pin directly in North Carolina,” writes Paul Demko at Politico in an examination of the state of play for the ACA. […]

‘Sorry, We Don’t Take Obamacare’: The New York Times

Filed Under: Costs, Health reform

Summary: “Amy Moses and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Obama and the Affordable Care Act,” Elisabeth Rosenthal writes in The New York Times, looking at the A.C.A. landscape. “They bought policies on the newly created New York State exchange. But when they called doctors and hospitals in Manhattan to schedule […]

Hospitals struggle to get patients to pay debts: Bloomberg Business

Filed Under: Costs, Providers

Summary: “A type of pain that hospitals thought they had relieved has come back with a vengeance: it’s called bad debt. Hospitals have long struggled to collect bills when patients aren’t covered by insurance — creating delinquent accounts,” John Lauerman writes over at Bloomberg Business. “The Affordable Care Act was supposed to relieve some of that […]

My co-op insurer’s being shut down. What should I do?

Summary: So my insurance co-op is closing, leaving me suddenly uninsured or nearly so. What should I do? I get my health insurance through Health Republic Insurance of New York.  I am not a licensed insurance broker, and I do not want to give anybody any advice about what they should do, but I’ll talk […]

Birth control spending drops after Affordable Care Act, study finds

Summary: “Out-of-pocket spending on most major birth control methods fell sharply in the months after the Affordable Care Act began requiring insurance plans to cover contraception at no cost to women, a new study has found,” Sabrina Tavernise writes in “After Health Care Act, Sharp Drop in Spending on Birth Control” in The New York […]

Obamacare subsidies continue, court rules. Now let’s get to work.

Summary: The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance subsidies to low-income people will continue, the Supreme Court ruled today. In a much-anticipated ruling on the challenge to the law, the government won. Federal tax subsidies will continue to individuals who qualify by income level and who bought insurance plans relying on subsidies in states that used […]

G.O.P. lawmaker asks for criticism of A.C.A., but doesn’t get it

Summary:  Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican from Spokane, Wash., decided to look for negative information about the Affordable Care Act. So she wrote on her Facebook page: “This week marks the 5th anniversary of #Obamacare being signed into law. Whether it’s turned your tax filing into a nightmare, you’re facing skyrocketing premiums, or your employer […]