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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Trump, Shouting ‘Death Spiral,’ Has Nudged Affordable Care Act Downward - The New York Times





Trump and Ryan are playing with peoples's lives for political and economic gain.  We must make them pay dearly for their actions.



"WASHINGTON — When Aetna, the health insurance giant, announced this month that it was pulling out of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchange in Virginia in 2018, President Trump responded on Twitter: “Death spiral!”



When Humana announced plans to leave all the health law’s marketplaces next year, the president chimed in, “Obamacare continues to fail.”



Left unremarked on was a big reason for the instability: The Trump administration and Congress are rattling the markets.



The administration’s refusal to guarantee payment of subsidies to health insurance companies, the murky outlook for the Affordable Care Act in Congress and doubts about enforcement of the mandate for most people to have insurance are driving up insurance prices for 2018, insurers say in rate requests filed with state officials.



Opponents of President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement have made what may be a self-fulfilling prophecy: They repeatedly forecast the collapse of the health law, and then push it along.



Frustrated state officials have ideas for stabilizing the individual insurance market, but they say they cannot figure out where to make their case because they have been bounced from one agency to another in the Trump administration."





Trump, Shouting ‘Death Spiral,’ Has Nudged Affordable Care Act Downward - The New York Times

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