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.
When President Barack Obama’s executive order “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” – or DACA – went into effect in 2012, conservatives warned that granting de facto amnesty for more than 1 million illegal immigrants would attract more illegal crossings.
Now there’s proof.
In 2011, roughly 6,000 illegal minors crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. From 2012-2013, the numbers rose from 13,625 to 20,000. In the first five months of 2014, federal immigration officials have already apprehended 47,000 illegal youths. A Border Patrol memo estimates that the total…
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