Feb 1, 2017

The health insurance industry's wish list for Obamacare repeal

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Here are the main things Marilyn Tavenner, the head of America's Health Insurance Plans, will ask for when she testifies at the Senate HELP Committee hearing this morning on how to stabilize the Obamacare insurance market:

  • Insurers want the government to keep paying for the premium tax credits and the cost-sharing subsidies.
  • They also want full federal "reinsurance" payments to help insurers with a lot of expensive patients.
  • They want to encourage young adult signups by charging older customers five times as much as young adults, rather than Obamacare's 3 to 1 ratio.
  • Once the individual mandate is repealed, they want "continuous coverage" rules so people have to keep themselves insured if they want pre-existing condition coverage.
  • They want a temporary high-risk pool, funded by the federal government, to help sick people. (Obamacare had a similar program during its first few years.)

Why it matters: Congress needs health insurers to stay in the individual insurance marketplace to avoid a meltdown — one that could cause millions of people to lose their coverage after Obamacare is repealed.

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The big picture: Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.

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In photos: Protesters and police clash nationwide over George Floyd

A firework explodes behind a line of police officers next to the Colorado State Capitol during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Denver on May 30. Photo : Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

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