Category Archives: Obamacare

Obama Administration Seeks Overhaul to Medicare Reimbursement for Heart-Attack Treatments

The Obama administration is seeking to restructure how the government pays for heart attack-related medical care in a bid to reduce health spending, officials announced last Monday. Medicare has long… Read more »

Department of Justice Sues Anthem, Aetna to Block Insurer Mergers

Anthem Inc. (Indianapolis IN) said its proposed $48 billion merger with rival health insurer Cigna Corp. (Bloomfield CT) will lower consumer costs and extend coverage to more people, in response… Read more »

Federal Panel to Hear Obama Administration Appeal of ACA Insurance Ruling

The battle between congressional Republicans and the White House over the Affordable Care Act is again escalating–in court and on Capitol Hill. The administration last week appealed a federal trial judge’s ruling… Read more »

Donald Trump’s Healthcare Plan Would Make 18 Million People Uninsured, but also Lower Premiums Significantly

Donald Trump’s healthcare plan would make 18 million people uninsured, but also lower premiums significantly for policies purchased directly by consumers, according to an independent study released Thursday. The new… Read more »

House Republicans Unveil Long-Awaited Substitute for Obamacare

House Republicans last week set forth their vision for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, bridging several political mine fields in the process. In a 37-page proposal (pdf) from… Read more »

Study Shows Average Obamacare Premiums Will Rise at Twice the 2016 Rate

Premiums for the most popular type of insurance plans sold through Obamacare’s marketplaces will rise faster in 2017 than in recent years, according to a study released Wednesday. Consumer payments for… Read more »

Senate GOP Caves on Effort to Defund ObamaCare

Republicans controlling the Senate are abandoning an effort to use their power over the federal purse strings to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The more pragmatic approach came… Read more »

UnitedHealth Group Inc. is Exiting New Jersey’s Obamacare Exchange

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (Minnetonka MN) is exiting New Jersey’s Obamacare exchange, marking the 27th state market the insurer is quitting. UnitedHealth’s Oxford Health Plans unit won’t participate in New Jersey’s… Read more »

Republicans Win Latest Obamacare Challenge; Add to Hospital, Insurer Worries

Hospital and insurer stocks slumped last week after a federal judge in Washington, DC, ruled that some of the funding for President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law is unconstitutional, potentially… Read more »