Chances are good that your health insurance is bad — and getting worse.

If you have ObamaCare, the deductibles and co-pays keep going up, the networks keep getting narrower, and every year you have to go through an incredibly complicated and stressful enrollment process.

If you have employer-based insurance, likely the exact same things are happening, if at a somewhat slower pace.

And if you’re uninsured — well, you don’t need me to tell you about that.

Who’s fault is this sorry state of affairs? There’s plenty of blame to go around, but Republicans are right at the top of the list.

The Trump administration has been deliberately sabotaging the ObamaCare exchanges. Most recently, it announced that it would again slash funding to “navigators,” the nonprofits that help people navigate the complicated enrollment process. For 2017 the funding was $62.5 million; now it’s down to $10 million. Worse, the navigators will now be directed to recommend that people enroll in crummy, cheap plans — potentially causing an insurance death spiral as the healthy population is creamed off into garbage plans, leaving only sick people in the other insurance pools.

That comes on top of the GOP’s evisceration of ObamaCare advertising and outreach and the …read more


Source:: The Week – Business

      

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