"When we've finished imploding, there will be nothing left of the Republican Party," the candidate confidently predicted
The health care plan is a work in progress, and will be for a while.
UnitedHealth Group's negative outlook on the health law isn't a good sign, but there's more to the story.
A mere seven words located within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could be enough to wreck the United States' health insurance market. King v. Burwell is the most recent Supreme Court case disputing the provisions of the ACA, usually referred to as Obamacare.
There's another argument about why the Obamacare lawsuit won’t be as bad as everyone else has said. This one comes from Joel
Lindsey Graham's recent warning that Republicans might yet push for a presidential impeachment serves to demonstrate, if further demonstration was still required, just how brutal Washington politics could get if his party ends up in control of both Houses of Congress after the mid-term elections in November.
In the case of the Affordable Care Act, private insurers have priced their policies on the premise that a lot of healthy young people will purchase insurance. If the young don't participate in large numbers, and older and sicker people do, then insurers will have to raise premium charges for everyone. That will be blamed, rightly or wrongly, on Obamacare. We know from the administration that more than two million people have become newly insured. That's good news. But we don't know who they are. Is the Affordable Care Act succumbing to the dread dynamics of adverse selection? The early signs are far from conclusive, but they are not encouraging.
The individual mandate was a Republican invention from a time when it was not yet heresy for a Republican politician to advocate providing affordable health insurance to every American without a government takeover of the industry.