Jan 10, 2017

Obamacare markets aren't in a death spiral, say actuaries

An American Academy of Actuaries official basically echoed the line the Obama administration has been using about exchange premium increases in 2017: They're probably a one-time thing.

Cori Uccello, senior health fellow, said:

"Those increases could reflect a one-time adjustment to insurer assumptions based on their actual experience in the ACA market."

Yes, enrollment has been lower and people have been sicker than originally expected, but the individual mandate and subsidies have helped balance out the market, Uccello said.

Why this matters: The more independent experts say Obamacare isn't falling apart, the more Republicans have to justify repealing it.

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