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Holding Its Breath

  • The Health Care Industry Is in a Panic Over Obamacare Repeal Fiscal Times by Eric Pianin—[T]he GOP’s crusade to finally destroy Obamacare has the health care industry in an uproar, with strong indications that major insurers could accelerate their departure from the ACA exchanges. At the same time, hospital administrators are in a panic, fearing that they will incur massive financial losses if millions of Americans lose their health care coverage under Obamacare or expanded Medicaid. "The discussion right now about repeal and replacement is making the market very, very nervous," Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, a Democrat, said at a press conference last week organized by the liberal Center for American Progress. "I would not be surprised to see the potential for a stampede to exit the market."

  • Obamacare Repeal Plan Stokes Fears of Market Collapse Politico by  Adam Cancryn & Paul Demko—Republicans warned for years that Obamacare would blow up the nation's individual insurance market. Instead, their own rush to repeal the health care law may be what triggers that death spiral...Uncertainty about Obamacare’s future is occurring against the backdrop of strong demand for coverage. More than 1 million people signed up through in the first two weeks of the current enrollment season, including 100,000 who enrolled the day after the election, according to the Department of Health and Human Services..."It would be critically important to have sufficient transition time, and I doubt that one year is enough," said Alliance of Community Health Plans CEO Ceci Connolly. "It's enormously important for the incoming administration and Congress to be very clear about their intentions, because the worst thing for business is uncertainty."

  • CEO Power Panel: No Repeal without Replace Modern Healthcare by Harris Meyer—Healthcare CEOs...are willing to consider Trump's healthcare reform ideas. But they have strong concerns about whether his plan would match the ACA's performance in expanding coverage and slashing the uninsured rate to less than 9 percent, according to Modern Healthcare's post-election Power Panel survey, which got responses from 93 of 123 CEOs contacted.

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