— The Hill (@thehill) February 14, 2017
Health insurance company Humana announced Tuesday that it would leave the ObamaCare market in 2018. The insurer said it would offer plans through 2017, but that the market has not stabilized enough to participate next year. "All of these actions were taken with the expectation that the company’s Individual Commercial business would stabilize to the point where the company could continue to participate in the program," the company said in a statement. "However, based on its initial analysis of data associated with the company’s healthcare exchange membership following the 2017 open enrollment period, "
House conservatives — anxious that the GOP’s effort to end Obamacare is getting bogged down in the fight over what a replacement should look like — are plotting a major push to repeal the law immediately without simultaneously approving an alternative. ...The stand by several dozen hard-liners comes as House GOP leaders were planning to outline the main planks of a replacement blueprint at a series of informational sessions with rank and file members Tuesday and Thursday. The position is at odds with GOP leadership’s latest strategy to load up a spring repeal bill — which could pass both chambers on party lines using a tool called reconciliation — with as many replacement provisions as possible. The split in the conference s shows that even after six years of demanding repeal — and a month of unified government — the all-GOP Congress risks blowing an opportunity to kill the health care law unless they move quickly.
— Nick Gillespie (@nickgillespie) February 15, 2017
The change may seem minor. But it makes it clear that following Trump's executive order, the agency's trajectory is towards a less strict enforcement process. Although the new policy leaves Obamacare's individual mandate on the books,