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16 Obamacare Co-Ops Collapsed. Here’s How the Rest Are Faring

Posted: July 26, 2016 at 3:15 pm   /   Friends

Since Obamacare’s rollout in the fall of 2013, 16 co-ops that launched with money from the federal government have collapsed. The co-ops, or consumer operated and oriented plans, were started under the Affordable Care Act as a way to boost competition among insurers and expand the number of health insurance companies available to consumers living […]

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Making American Medicine Great Again

Posted: July 21, 2016 at 8:30 am   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

The Republicans are at it again: trying to tweak a bad idea, make it “bipartisan,” and set a flawed system more firmly in concrete. What we really need is a Republican reform—one that can restore the Republic, along with medicine. Yes, ObamaCare needs to be repealed—every last syllable. But that’s not all. To make America […]

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What’s Behind Obama’s Obsession With the Public Option

Posted: July 14, 2016 at 12:43 pm   /   Friends

President Barack Obama is calling for the resurrection of his failed “public option” ( a “Medicare-like” plan) to compete directly against private health  plans in his government- run health insurance exchanges. “The public plan did not make it into the final legislation,” the president writes in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Now, based […]

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Death of the Great Laboratory of Clinical Medical Science

Posted: July 13, 2016 at 1:20 pm   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

By Girard Gianoli, M.D., F.A.C.S Free-market capitalism has brought unimaginable innovations to mankind in the last 200 years, more so than any other economic system in the history of the world: airplanes, telephones, personal computers, electric lightbulbs. Far less appreciated, even by those who are ardent advocates of free markets, are the innovations brought by private […]

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The 15th Obamacare Co-Op Has Collapsed. Here’s How Much Each Failed Co-op Got in Taxpayer-Funded Loans.

Posted: July 12, 2016 at 12:12 pm   /   Friends

Another co-op is shutting down, becoming the 15th to do so and bringing the total number of federal loans given to the failed nonprofit insurers to more than $1.5 billion. Oregon’s Health Co-Op announced last week it will no longer be able to continue operating and will be shutting down. The insurance company is the […]

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Obamacare’s 14th Co-Op Is Closing Its Doors, And At Least 2 More Could Close Soon

Posted: July 6, 2016 at 3:01 pm   /   Friends

Another Obamacare co-op, Connecticut’s HealthyCT, is closing its doors, and at least two most could follow suit as the nonprofit insurers decide whether they will be able to remain on firm financial footing. The nine remaining co-ops of the original 23 co-ops must make payments totaling at least $130 million through Obamacare’s risk adjustment program, […]

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Contracting Under Obamacare

Posted: June 29, 2016 at 2:32 pm   /   Friends

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota members with individual and family plans are facing major policy shifts in the coming year, after the insurer decided to decrease its presence on its state-run Obamacare exchange. Minnesota’s largest health insurer is minimizing its individual plan offerings, so much so that all family and individual preferred provider […]

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Obama Pushes Congress on Zika Money, but Questions Loom on Administration’s Response

Posted: June 22, 2016 at 2:33 pm   /   Politics

Even as Congress seems to be moving closer to a resolution on funding a means to stop the spread of the Zika virus, the Obama administration is demanding more immediate action. Yet, some critics say it is the administration, including President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, that have failed to […]

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Ryan, House GOP Offer Plan to Repeal, Replace Obamacare

Posted: June 22, 2016 at 9:21 am   /   Politics

After more than six years of Republican pledges to repeal and replace Obamacare, House Speaker Paul Ryan today rolled out a plan to deliver on that promise by abolishing the 2010 law. The 37-page Republican plan creates a blueprint for rolling back President Barack Obama’s more than 3,000-page marquee health care law. It’s the fifth […]

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