Killing Obamacare


The uncertainty of whether the administration will fund federal cost-sharing payments led Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.C. on Thursday to offer two premium increase scenarios for the 2018 individual marketplace exchange.

The first is a 22.9 percent hike predicated on the White House choosing not to fund the payments, which serve as subsidies to help lower-income individuals buy plans with reduced out-of-pocket costs for medical care, such as lower deductibles and co-payments.

The second scenario is an 8.8 percent premium increase with the cost-sharing payments funded.

Republicans have sued the Obama administration to stop the subsidies, with that case tied up in court.


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