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VCs love insurance, even if you don’t 22.7.2017 TechCrunch
 At first blush it may seem like insurance and venture capital make an odd couple. Venture capital is all about taking big risks for the potential of even bigger payouts down the road, while insurance is all about quantifying and mitigating risk. But make no mistake, there are vast sums of venture dollars going into insurance deals. Read ...
Selling Insurance Across State Lines 22.7.2017 FactCheck

President Donald Trump said that by allowing insurers to sell plans across state lines, "your premiums will be down 60 and 70 percent." We couldn't find any study supporting such a decrease, and experts we consulted disputed the idea that overall average premiums would decline significantly.

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Even Talking About Weakening Obamacare Provisions Weakens The Exchanges 21.7.2017 NPR News
The future of the Affordable Care Act pillars like subsidies and the individual mandate is uncertain, and that is causing higher premiums and fewer insurers in the marketplaces, experts say.
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The Health 202: Republicans can run from health care debate, but they can't hide 21.7.2017 Washington Post: Politics
They will soon have some serious decisions to make.
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Hey Senator, Sick People Aren't Damaged Cars 21.7.2017 Truthout.com
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson has compared people with pre-existing health conditions to cars that have been in accidents. "We've done something with our health care system that you never even think about doing, for example, with auto insurance, where you'd require auto insurance companies to sell a policy to somebody after they crashed their car," said Johnson. Remember that  horrible list of pre-existing conditions  that circulated in early May when Republicans in Congress were considering their proposals for rolling back protections for people who have them? The list hasn't changed. It still includes babies born with multiple heart defects. Kids who need  lifesaving EpiPens . Illnesses that are unpredictable, sometimes hereditarily unavoidable, and some that are straight up caused by living in a society that praises people who work 70 or more hours per week. Cancer, diabetes, chronic illness, depression and even pregnancy. The list goes on for miles. Well, Senator Johnson, if people with pre-existing ...
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Fact check: Trump's confusing remarks to Senate Republicans on health care 20.7.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
After another failed attempt at overhauling Obamacare, President Trump tried to sell his party's repeal efforts (and push some senators into line) at a Wednesday lunch. Here's what he said.
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Fact Check: Trump's Confusing Remarks To Senate Republicans On Health Care 20.7.2017 NPR News
After another failed attempt at overhauling Obamacare, President Trump tried to sell his party's repeal efforts (and push some senators into line) at a Wednesday lunch. Here's what he said.
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Greg Sargent: Trump is threatening to harm millions out of pure spite. Here’s what to watch for now. 20.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Now that the Senate GOP health-care bill has collapsed, the chatter in Washington is all about whether Republicans and Democrats will — or even can — come together behind some kind of bipartisan deal to shore up the individual markets. Central to this question is the fact that President Donald Trump is now threatening to sabotage those markets himself. He appeared to renew this with an early-morning tweet that was odder than usual, if you can believe that: “The Republicans never discuss how good... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Q&A: How Trump could help sink Obama health law 20.7.2017 AP Business
Health insurance markets created by the Affordable Care Act may not be on the verge of collapse, but President Donald Trump could nudge them in that direction by following through on his plan to let the Obama-era law fail....
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Uncertainty Over Obamacare Leaves Next Year's Rates In Limbo 20.7.2017 NPR News
While Washington ponders the future of the Affordable Care Act, health insurers need to decide right now what to charge people for health insurance in 2018. "It's insane," says one CEO.
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Bloomberg View: A chance for a new beginning on health-care reform 20.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
They may have avoided the ditch, but Republicans have driven themselves into a cul-de-sac. After the failure in the Senate of their disastrous plan to replace Obamacare, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell now promises to make his colleagues vote instead on just a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. In other words, the process is still being driven by politics instead of policy. Until that changes, Republicans can expect their efforts to address the U.S. health-care system to end badly. This is not t...
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From The Archives: Prices And Consumer Shopping 19.7.2017 Health Affairs Blog
Welcome to “ From the Archives ,” an occasional Health Affairs Blog series, where we take a timely topic and delve into the literature and history, from a Health Affairs angle, of course. The American Health Care Act and the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act would both result in higher premiums and deductibles for many individuals in the private nongroup market according to the Congressional Budget Office . While the path forward for health reform is now somewhat unclear, the trend of higher consumer cost sharing will likely continue. Higher deductibles and cost sharing are often touted as ways for individuals to have “skin in the game” in health care costs and to help consumers be better shoppers. But what does the research say about the ability to truly shop for health care services? Is it possible? Does it save money? And do consumers even want to do it? Here’s what we know based on research published in the pages of Health Affairs. Health Care Prices Vary a Lot – And Not Because of ...
Trump is threatening to harm millions out of pure spite. Here's what to watch for now. 19.7.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Trump is threatening to harm millions out of pure spite. Here's what to watch for now.
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'The battle over health care isn’t over': Sarah Huckabee Sanders's defiantly optimistic briefing, annotated 19.7.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Sanders tried mightily to cast the failure of a Senate bill as a mere setback.
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Trump's big repealing deal: 8 thoughts on the Senate's health care meltdown moment 19.7.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Trump seems to have wanted to show up for the trophy ceremony, not for the game. But even if Trump had plunged into the trenches, his presence there may not have made the difference.
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Trump's Big Repealing Deal: 8 Thoughts On The Senate's Health Care Meltdown Moment 19.7.2017 NPR: Healthcare
Trump seems to have wanted to show up for the trophy ceremony, not for the game. But even if Trump had plunged into the trenches, his presence there may not have made the difference.
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Uncertainty lingers in California despite failed GOP health repeal 19.7.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
State officials, health insurers and consumer advocates are breathing a tentative, temporary sigh of relief after the GOP campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act collapsed Tuesday due to lack of Republican support. [...] many worry that the lingering instability the Trump administration has already injected into the insurance market could continue, making it difficult for insurers and consumers to predict health insurance costs in the near future. The administration has also threatened to end a critical stream of federal funding, known as cost-sharing subsidies, that helps insurance companies pay for care for millions of low-income Americans. The federal government spends $7 billion a year on the cost-sharing subsidies nationwide, and $750 million of it goes to help about 680,000 low-income Californians cover co-pays and deductibles. “We’re pleased it appears the ACA will continue to be the law of the land, but there remains a lot of uncertainty about what may happen next and whether funding will ...
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The Health Insurance Quagmire: Notes for Next Time 18.7.2017 American Prospect
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Senator John McCain leaves the chamber after speaking.  Senator John McCain’s recuperation from surgery has given Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell another week or two to round up votes for the latest scheme to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But the delay also produces more time for opposition to build. Even if the ailing McCain, accompanied by a medical team (that people without insurance can’t afford) makes it to Washington to cast a vote, it sure looks like hell if he votes to deny millions of Americans health insurance. At this point, it’s hard to imagine how he might assemble 50 votes. Ted Cruz’s idea of allowing barebones policies to count as insurance has only increased opposition, including from the insurance industry itself. The new, improved Republican health plan has won no converts, and the fence-sitters such as Nevada’s Senator Dean Heller seem dug in. When the Congressional Budget Office calculates the impact, about as many people will likely be ...
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Health plan hinges on the young, but they're a tough sell 17.7.2017 Chicago Tribune: Business
Julian Senn-Raemont isn't convinced he needs to buy health insurance when he loses coverage under his dad's plan in a couple of years — no matter what happens in the policy debate in Washington, or how cheap the plans are. The 24-year-old musician hasn't known a world without a health care ...
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LAT’s Levey Spins GOP Health Plan as Skimpy and Slashing; Obama Protected Americans From Own Bad Choices 17.7.2017 NewsBusters
Los Angeles Times health reporter Noam Levey, in a report that appeared in various Tronc (formerly Tribune Publishing) newspapers, filed “ Equal Access to Coverage at Risk ” on Sunday, an aggressive attack on Trump and Congressional Republicans as dishonest Medicaid slashers who pine for a return to a "medical gulag," while portraying Obamacare as a savior. President Trump and congressional Republicans, despite repeated pledges to preserve sick Americans’ access to health coverage, are poised to scrap this core insurance protection in their campaign to roll back the Affordable Care Act. Both the House GOP bill that passed in May and the revised Senate GOP bill unveiled last week effectively eliminate the coverage guarantee by allowing health insurers to once again sell skimpier plans and charge more to people with preexisting health conditions who need more-comprehensive coverage. At the same time, the House and Senate bills dramatically scale back financial aid to low- and moderate-income consumers, and ...
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