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August 1, 2014

Obamacare ‘Fix’ Divides States

Sarah Kliff contends that “President Obama’s plan to reverse insurance cancellation notices has created odd bedfellows: States that have been most resistant to the Affordable Care Act have been the first in line to embrace the proposal. Meanwhile, some states that have ardently supported the law are opposing Obama’s plan.”

Regulators in the states that will not allow insurers to renew non-compliant plans said they have “two concerns about the president’s proposal. First, allowing these plans to continue would mean some consumers would carry coverage that is less robust than the health law intended. Second, they are worried about the impact on the insurance exchange.”

In contrast, “some states that support the Affordable Care Act decided to etch some of its insurance regulations into state law. Thus, while the federal government has said it won’t penalize insurers that don’t meet federal regulations, the new state rules remain in force.”

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