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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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Obama Administration Coy on Expanding Obamacare to California Illegal Immigrants

Posted: June 19, 2016 at 7:07 pm   /   Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to expand Obamacare to cover illegal immigrants, but now it’s up to the Obama administration to determine if the nation’s largest state will get an exemption related to a specific promise the president made when trying to sell the health care law. The Golden State will be asking […]

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How the Insurance Market Is Responding to Obamacare

Posted: June 10, 2016 at 8:24 am   /   Politics

I split my time pretty evenly between Washington, D.C., and my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. In D.C., if you want to get your fix of crony capitalism or government mandates, they’re only a step away at any time. But if you want to capture a perfect specimen of crony capitalism and government overreach in […]

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The House Is Improving Medicare, and the Senate Can Make It Even Better

Posted: June 8, 2016 at 10:54 am   /   Politics

The House of Representatives has passed a short, but significant, 31 page Medicare bill, Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act (HR 5273). The House measure would improve traditional Medicare in a number of ways, though most of these would be technical changes to current law. Because the bill was largely non-controversial and thus enacted under a […]

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John Oliver Increases the Cost of Health Care

Posted: June 7, 2016 at 7:30 am   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

John Oliver, the host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” is the latest in a long series of comedians who have become brave “truth-speakers” who repeatedly “destroy” whatever they choose to target.  Since John Stewart popularized the model of snark and carefully edited interviews to create a news-like show, it has been repeated again and again, […]

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