Senate Democrats Open to Changes in Obamacare

Senate Democrats still don’t support repealing Obamacare, but some now say they are open to helping Republicans put together replacement legislation once it’s gone. “If it makes sense, I think there’ll be a lot of Democrats who would be for it,” Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) told POLITICO this week. Congressional Republicans are coalescing around a… Read more »

GOP Game-Planning for Obamacare Repeal

Congressional Republicans are coalescing around a plan to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act in early 2017, but delay the effective date for that repeal for as long as three years. That plan would hopefully satisfy long-time conservative critics of Obamacare, while giving Republican leaders time to come up with a workable replacement bill… Read more »

ACA Premiums Set to Increase by 25 Percent

Many consumers who purchase health insurance through HealthCare.gov in 2017 will find that insurers have raised the premiums on health plans by an average of 25 percent, according to new government figures. The disclosure of 2017 rates by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was touted by congressional Republicans and other critics as… Read more »

Economists Doubtful of Cadillac Tax Repeal

Congress is unlikely to repeal the so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health insurance plans next year, according to economists who spoke with Bloomberg BNA this week. While there is widespread support for repealing the tax, there are questions about how to replace the estimated $91 billion it’s estimated to raise, and since lawmakers have already… Read more »

Kaiser Study Shows Increase in Deductibles

New research conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that deductibles are increasing for employer-sponsored health insurance. The 2016 Kaiser Employer Health Benefit Survey found that many employers have increased their use of high-deductible plans to mitigate rising costs. The use of such high-deductible plans has peaked in 2016.  For the first time, more than… Read more »