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Fri Sep 15, 2017, 10:15 AM

CBO: Trump is making Obamacare premiums more expensive

The Trump administration’s management of Obamacare is causing higher premiums and lower enrollment in the individual market, a new report from the Congressional Budget Office finds.

The nonpartisan office estimates that average premiums in the health law marketplaces will be 15 percent higher next year “largely because of short-term market uncertainty — in particular, insurers’ uncertainty about whether federal funding for certain subsidies that are currently available will continue to be provided.”

The CBO also estimates that there will be less competition in the marketplaces next year, which it also attributes to the uncertain federal environment surrounding the health law’s future.

The subsidies the CBO refers to are the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reduction subsidies, which cover copays and deductibles for low-income health care enrollees. The Trump administration has not said whether it will continue to pay these subsidies next year, causing many insurance plans to raise their premiums to prevent any possible shortfall in revenue.

The CBO does expect that enrollment will grow slightly next year, from 10 million this year to 11 million in 2018. It projects, however, that the growth will be “limited” by those higher premium increases, which will likely drive away some consumers who cannot afford the more expensive premiums.


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Fri Sep 15, 2017, 11:00 AM

1. trump has been sabetaging the ACA for months now.

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