The Obamacare Nightmare Scenario

“The nightmare scenario for Obamacare is a meltdown of the individual health insurance market. If health insurers lose confidence as Republicans struggle with their repeal efforts — or because of the turmoil and price hikes that have already been underway — even more could withdraw, leaving Obamacare customers with nowhere to turn to keep their coverage,” Bob Herman writes for Axios.

The bottom line: Health insurers need certainty very soon about what the individual markets will look like. The market stabilization rule has assuaged some industry concerns, but the Republican replacement plan has not. Molina’s CEO told Axios the GOP plan ‘doesn’t reassure me that the marketplace is going to be more stable in the future.’ And for every insurer that leaves, ‘it raises the stakes for the next carrier to leave,’ Hempstead said.”

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