Covered Cal: Insurance chaos ahead

Californians' health insurance premiums could rise by almost 50 percent if the Trump administration succeeds in gutting the Affordable Care Act, the state's marketplace warns. As many as 340,000 Californians could lose health coverage under proposed changes to Obamacare, Covered California warned April 27. "This specter of uncertainty could lead to dramatically higher rates," said Peter Lee, chief of the state Obamacare ... (More)

GOP leaders ‘came up short’

Despite days of intense negotiations and last-minute concessions to win over wavering GOP conservatives and moderates, House Republican leaders failed to secure enough support to pass their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. House Speaker Paul Ryan, top, pulled the bill from consideration March 24 after he rushed to the White House to tell President Trump that there weren't the 216 votes necessary for passage. "We ... (More)

Jones cites ‘recipe for disaster’

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is on the warpath over Republicans' plan to dismantle the Obamacare system. "We'll have a market skewed towards those who are sick," Jones said at a March 8 news conference. "That is a recipe for disaster for the health insurance market." Jones, left, who has regulatory oversight over health-insurance plans sold in the state, is running for attorney general in the 2018 ... (More)

Inside ‘American Health Care Act’

After literally years of promises, House Republicans finally have a bill they say will "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. Some conservative Republicans have derided the new proposal -- the American Health Care Act -- calling it "Obamacare Lite." It keeps intact some of the more popular features of the Affordable Care Act, such as allowing adult children to stay on their parents' health plans to age 26 and, at least in ... (More)

Covered Cal: Enrollments steady

The threatened destruction of Obamacare hasn't kept consumers from signing up for health care via Covered California. As of Jan. 23, 322,014 people have newly enrolled in a health plan via the state Obamacare operation since Nov. 1, keeping pace with the enrollment posted a year ago. "While people are worried, the uncertainty is not preventing them from enrolling or renewing in coverage for 2017," Covered California chief Peter ... (More)