See link--- McCain saying he will repeal and replace Obamacare---- over and over and over and over...https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/sta ... 9783754755
McCain knows Obamacare is on thin ice and needs drastic change. And he has said so too.
People joked for a while about how insurers were pulling out of Obamacare markets so fast we might end up with areas in which there were no insurers at all. It's no joke anymore: with Aetna's massive withdrawal yesterday from the Affordable Care Act marketplace, Pinal County, Arizona, the third most populated county in that state, currently has no insurers selling policies on the Exchange. The issue isn't so much whether people will be subject to the individual mandate tax of up to 2.5% of their income when there are no policies available; an administration that has no difficulty calling a utility shutoff notice a hardship that excuses one from the individual mandate (whether or not the utility was actually shut off) should have no difficulty declaring the non-existence of any insurance to be grounds for an exemption. The issue is that Pinal County, although a bit of an outlier for now, is a harbinger for fundamental problems with the ACA now manifesting themselves with greater clarity across the country. When an insurer covering over 7% of those in the Exchanges and previously hoping to expand instead drops out, we better look at what is going on
irst, we now have four states at least in which there is likely to be only one Exchange health insurer in 2017: Alaska, Alabama, Oklahoma and Wyoming. And, in Alaska, that insurer is receiving extra state support from taxpayers there to keep it involved this year. Even in states where there is more than one insurer overall, there are hundreds of counties in which there is going to be just one insurer. Moreover, it's no longer a situation in many areas where you can pick a plan that lets you choose your doctors: more and more, it's an HMO or nothing.
Second, even in states where some degree of competition remains, gross premiums are going up immensely. As Charles Gaba of the pro-Obamacare but generally careful website acasignups.net has calculated, if people renew their current policies where possible in 2017, their gross premiums will increase an average of 23% (assuming insurers receive their desired increases). In five states, Illinois, Montana, Oklahoma, Arizona and Tennessee, Gaba shows that these increases average more than 40%.https://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothec ... a0f72f5a67