The newest rift within GOP ranks is surprising. President Trump himself has in the past supported protecting insurance for people with preexisting conditions, and so have many congressional Republicans. Yet now his administration has sided with a lawsuit by 20 states seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act’s provisions to keep insurance costs from surging when people are sick or need costly medications.
Health insurers in Minnesota’s individual market say they want to cut premiums next year — the latest sign of stability in a market that for several years was plagued by premium spikes under the federal Affordable Care Act. The Minnesota Department of Commerce on Friday released data showing the four largest carriers in the market are seeking average rate decreases that generally range from 7 to 12 percent, depending on the insurance company.
Legal eagles who pay attention to the courthouse fortunes of the Affordable Care Act could tell something weird and bad was in the wind last Thursday, when three career attorneys at the Department of Justice abruptly withdrew from the team defending the law against a right-wing attack by Texas and 19 other red states.