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Consumers in 19 States Face Double-Digit Rate Hikes Under Obamacare

Posted: August 25, 2016 at 12:12 pm   /   Friends

Consumers in 19 states will see increases to their health insurance rates in the double digits for 2017, according to publicly available data filed with state insurance regulators. Since June, insurance companies have been submitting proposed rate requests to state Departments of Insurance for the 2017 plan year. The U.S. Department of Health and Human […]

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5 States, Nearly 700 Counties Don’t See ‘Choice and Competition’ Promised by Obamacare

Posted: August 23, 2016 at 2:52 pm   /   Friends

Five states will be down to just one health insurer on the Obamacare marketplace next year, and consumers in 664 counties are projected to face that same situation under a law sold as providing “choice and competition.” The five states that will have no choice are Alabama, Alaska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming. Two more […]

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Her Health Plan Was $257 a Month. Now Her Obamacare Plan Could Be $650 a Month.

Posted: August 18, 2016 at 3:04 pm   /   Friends

Ask 68-year-old Gavin Braithwaite how he feels about the amount he and his wife, Louellen, are expecting to pay for health insurance next year, and he’ll tell you he’s horrified, but not exactly surprised. Since 1992, Gavin said, he’s watched the cost of their coverage increase over the years. In the past few years, the […]

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Anti-GMO Activists Fight Plan That Could Dramatically Reduce Zika Cases

Posted: August 16, 2016 at 2:18 pm   /   Friends

As the number of Zika virus cases in the United States continues to rise, residents in South Florida are in a unique position to become the testing ground for a promising new experiment that could dramatically reduce the number of Zika-infected mosquitoes. But due to concerns that the proposal to release millions of genetically-modified mosquitoes […]

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Obama Administration Zika Shifts Proves Money Was There, House Chairman Says

Posted: August 12, 2016 at 5:37 pm   /   Friends

The shifting of $81 million to combat Zika is overdue and demonstrates the Obama administration has had untapped resources to fight the mosquito-borne illness, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., said. “For over six months we have been calling on the administration to use every existing resource at their disposal to address this crisis,” […]

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Finish What Reagan Started—End CON Laws

Posted: August 12, 2016 at 8:30 am   /   Friends

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan convinced Congress to eliminate an ill-conceived requirement that states restrict investment in health care. Cronyism is hard to uproot, however. Almost 30 years later, 35 states and the District of Columbia still maintain these restrictions on medical investment. For a decade before Reagan’s reform, Washington had been leaning on state […]

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3 Reasons Why Obamacare is Bad for Millennials

Posted: August 10, 2016 at 9:03 am   /   Friends

For many millennials, the fear of entering the “real world” is looming. We are preparing to face the financial challenges, often feeling like we are starting the trek up Mount Everest. Many of us are scrambling to find jobs and avoiding moving back in with our parents. We recognize more and more that good jobs […]

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Cruz, Cornyn Press Obama for Answers on Unspent Zika Money

Posted: August 5, 2016 at 3:10 pm   /   Friends

The entire Texas Republican delegation in Congress signed a letter to President Barack Obama Friday, asking for answers on hundreds of millions in unspent money to fight the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The administration pledged in April to spend $589 million from unused Ebola funds for Zika. However, only about $180 million of that was obligated, […]

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Anthem to Federal Government: Approve Merger and We’ll Expand to More Obamacare Exchanges

Posted: August 3, 2016 at 2:34 pm   /   Friends

Despite projections that it’s losing money this year, Anthem offered to expand its business on Obamacare’s exchanges in nine states if the federal government allows the company to move forward with its merger with Cigna. The company is currently in the process of acquiring Cigna in a $48 billion deal. But the Justice Department announced […]

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