The Unstable Economics in Obama’s Health Law

By disrupting the link between premiums and risk, the law weakens insurers’ business models THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By Greg Ip Aug. 17, 2016 12:55 p.m. ET Barack Obama’s signature health-care law is struggling for one overriding reason: Selling mispriced insurance is a precarious business model. Aetna Inc. dealt the Affordable Care Act a severe… Read More

Obamacare Is a Money-Loser for Insurers, Who Are Giving Up

With almost $2 billion in losses this year, big insurance companies are pulling out of the health-care program. Bloomberg By Zachary Tracer August 17, 2016 — 5:00 AM EDT Last November, when UnitedHealth Group said it expected to post big losses on its Obamacare policies in 2016, rivals such as Anthem and Aetna signaled their… Read More

Aetna to Pull Back From Public Health Care Exchanges

THE NEW YORK TIMES By ROBERT PEAR AUG. 16, 2016 WASHINGTON — In a blow to President Obama’s health care law, Aetna, one of the nation’s major insurers, said Monday that it would sharply reduce its participation in the law’s public marketplaces next year. Aetna said it would no longer offer individual insurance products on… Read More

When Health Insurers Merge Consumers Often Lose

THE NEW YORK TIMES By THE EDITORIAL BOARD JULY 25, 2016 A wave of mergers in many sectors of the economy over the last several decades has significantly reduced competition and hurt consumers. That’s why the lawsuits filed last week by the Department of Justice and state attorneys general in federal court challenging two big… Read More

Justice Dept. Will Seek to Block 2 Health Insurance Mergers

THE NEW YORK TIMES By LESLIE PICKER and REED ABELSON JULY 19, 2016 The Justice Department is preparing lawsuits to block two giant health insurance deals, according to a person briefed on the matter, continuing a spate of antitrust actions in a whirlwind year for mergers and acquisitions. Antitrust officials are concerned that Aetna’s $37… Read More

U.S. officials preparing to block Anthem and Aetna takeovers

Justice Department officials are concerned the deals to acquire Cigna and Humana, respectively, would harm customers, according to people familiar with the situation CRAIN’S July 19, 2016 2:50 p.m. Updated 07/19/2016 U.S. antitrust officials are poised to file lawsuits to block Anthem Inc.’s takeover of rival health-insurer Cigna Corp. and Aetna Inc.’s deal to buy… Read More

Obamacare’s sinking safety net

As millions get covered, a POLITICO investigation finds that dozens of the insurers that the health care law depends on are losing money and even abandoning the system. Can it be fixed? POLITICO By Paul Demko 07/13/16 04:57 AM EDT If you’re looking to find a smashing Obamacare success story—a place where the nation’s biggest… Read More

ObamaCare’s Next Act

Clinton and Obama revive the ‘public option’ road to single payer. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL July 12, 2016 7:07 p.m. ET Bernie Sanders formalized the Democratic Party’s left turn on Tuesday, finally endorsing Hillary Clinton and praising her for embracing so many of his ideas. “We have begun a political revolution to transform America, and… Read More

President Obama Pushes for ‘Public Option’ in Affordable Care Act

In medical journal article, president defends signature health law, acknowledges shortcomings THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By Louise Radnofsky July 11, 2016 6:35 p.m. ET WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama, reviewing his signature health law six years into its implementation, is suggesting Congress and his White House successor add a government-run, or public, insurance option to the Affordable… Read More

Sanders secures health-care promises from Clinton before expected endorsement

THE WASHINGTON POST By John Wagner and David Weigel July 9, 2016 Hillary Clinton, in moves aimed at securing an endorsement from Bernie Sanders, on Saturday highlighted her support for a “public option” in health insurance and proposed additional funding for community-based centers championed by her rival for the Democratic nomination. Clinton, the presumptive Democratic… Read More