Trump and the Republicans are lying about Obamacare being dead. As of Thursday, there will be at least one Obamacare insurer in every county in the U.S.
Obamacare never was a perfect law. It needs fixes, no question. But it is far from the disaster the Republicans have been describing. And it is far from being dead.
One of the GOP’s favorite talking points is that there are counties around the country that will have no Obamacare coverage at all in 2018. Well, as of Thursday, that is not true.
On Thursday, Ohio announced that CareSource will offer Obamacare coverage in Paulding County next year. In June, Anthem, Inc. said they were pulling out of the county, leaving it with no insurers for 2018.
CareSource CEO and President Pamela Morris said in a statement,
“Our decision to offer coverage in the bare counties speaks to our mission and commitment to the marketplace and serving those who are in need of health care coverage.”
“The marketplace provides vital health care coverage to more than 10.3 million Americans and we want to be a resource for consumers left without options.”
Menominee County in Wisconsin was another county that faced having no insurers on the exchanges next year. But on Tuesday, Security Health Plan announced that they will offer plans there in 2018.
That means that with these two announcements there are no more bare counties in the U.S. for 2018.
The worry now is that Trump and the Republicans continue to try to sabotage the ACA.
“Insurers don’t have to sign contracts for next year until the end of September, meaning some could still decide not to participate.
Insurers are still waiting for certainty on key Obamacare insurer payments called cost-sharing reduction subsidies.
The Trump administration has funded these payments on a month-to-month basis, but insurers have asked for long-term certainty, threatening to leave the markets or hike premiums if they don’t get it.”
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