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Political Narrative v. Reality re: ACA Insurers

Published on December 8th, 2017

Politico reported that many insurers in the Affordable Care Act market are on pace to record profits this year for the first time, according to a POLITICO analysis of 31 regional Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, many of which dominate markets in their states.  The POLITICO analysis shows that insurers, on average, spent 78 percent of premium revenues on customers’ medical claims through the first nine months of this year.

“The political narrative is over a market in crisis, and that’s just not how the market actually looks right now,” said Larry Levitt, senior vice president for special initiatives at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan research group. “At this moment, the individual insurance market looks quite stable and most insurers have achieved profitability.”

However, Trump’s reckless decision to cut off subsidy payments that insurers rely on to reduce the costs for low-income customers means plans will take a more than $1 billion financial hit, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

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