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California’s health insurance exchange released an analysis showing that Republicans’ plan to trim subsidies, on average, by 40% would fall hard on elderly and very low-income people, especially in expensive areas like San Francisco.
Opinion writers pick apart the health debate that is roaring on Capitol Hill.
Critics say the proposed changes could poison one of the nation’s healthiest marketplaces, driving up premiums and drawing in only the sickest patients. Republicans and industry analysts call those concerns overblown.
Several players will shape the upcoming road to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with an alternative health plan, including potential Republican defectors and the governors.
The prospect of repealing the Affordable Care Act – with no replacement ready – finds many having second thoughts.
Mitch Katz, director of the L.A. County Health Agency, says California must find ways to cover state residents who might lose their health coverage if Obamacare is repealed.
With the future of Obamacare up in the air, many consumers are wondering if they must comply with the tax requirements related to the law, including whether to pay the penalty for being uninsured.
Researchers find that the state’s exchange has succeeded by fostering competition, with a large number of insurers in the mix, aggressively negotiating on premiums and setting conditions for health plan participation.
The state has one of the highest rates of small business owners who get health coverage through the Affordable Care Act.
Many people in the music industry had struggled to get proper coverage before the Affordable Care Act was passed.