Latest Morning Briefing Stories

Marketplace Would Be Fundamentally Rocked With Repeal Of Individual Mandate

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Media outlets offer a look at what would happen to the Affordable Care Act exchanges if lawmakers include repeal of the individual mandate in their tax package. Meanwhile, Democrats seize on the turmoil as a way to get their base interested in the Republicans’ tax overhaul.

Repeal Of ACA Individual Mandate To Be Added To Senate Tax Bill

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Following a renewed push from President Donald Trump and conservative senators, Senate Republicans agree to include a measure repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate to their version of the tax bill.

In Aftermath Of Election Success, Democrats May No Longer View Health Care As A Liability

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“There has been a major change here,” says Robert Blendon, an expert on public opinion about healthcare at Harvard’s Kennedy School. “Democrats for years wouldn’t talk about healthcare. … Now, the implication is that if you are a Democrat running in 2018, you can talk about protecting healthcare for millions of Americans.”

Health Law Signups, Traffic To Healthcare.gov Surge In First Few Days Of Open Enrollment

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Despite fears that Trump administration’s actions to cut the outreach budget for the health law would undermine sign ups, the numbers spiked over last year according to a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity. However, usually signups this early are consumers renewing coverage, not new customers. Meanwhile, insurers are opening their own wallets to make up for the lack of federal marketing for the health law.

Advocates Waging Against-All-Odds Battle To Get People Signed Up For Health Coverage

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The Trump administration has slashed marketing and outreach budgets, but these groups are doing what they can to help people enroll for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, a new study is the latest to confirm that President Donald Trump’s decision to end insurer subsidies will actually result in more people getting “free” health care on the exchanges, and health care providers worry the government’s crackdown on immigration will hurt sign-ups.

Open Enrollment Kicks Off With Mostly Smooth Start But Fanfare Of Previous Years Is Absent

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President Donald Trump didn’t acknowledge opening day for the health law exchanges, and his administration’s announcements were muted. But despite the confusion surrounding the marketplace, consumers still turn out to shop. Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama released a video to encourage people to get coverage.

The Theme For Open Enrollment This Year? Rampant Confusion

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Open enrollment for 2018 health coverage under the Affordable Care Act starts on Wednesday. But consumers across the country have been left scratching their heads — if they know they even still need coverage at all.