Report: Without Subsidies, ObamaCare Enrollment in Death Spiral
“Without [ObamaCare’s] premium support, premiums rise by nearly 45 percent, and enrollment falls by nearly 70 percent,” says a report by RAND Health.
The analysis is part of an evaluation commissioned by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the agency in charge of ObamaCare implementation.
The report’s publication follows on news that a federal district judge in Oklahoma ruled ObamaCare’s premium support (i.e. subsidies) mechanism is not available in states that use Healthcare.gov, the federal ObamaCare exchange. According to the text of the law, eligibility for subsidies depends on a citizen’s state operating its own exchange. If the law’s plain meaning is followed, RAND’s analysis will apply to citizens in more than half of the states.
A new Government Accountability Office report says the primary agency charged with ObamaCare’s implementation can’t verify how much it’s spending to promote the controversial health law.
ObamaCare’s in-house marketing job is the responsibility of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), an arm of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
CMS is the federal agency primarily responsible for implementing ObamaCare, which includes doling out millions of dollars through CCIIO to hire outside consultants to conduct “polling, focus…
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—Heather Mac Donald, Manhattan Institute Fellow and City Journal Contributing Editor
— Heather Mac Donald, Manhattan Institute Fellow and City Journal Contributing Editor