From an editorial Thursday in the Los Angeles Times:
The White House and congressional Republicans are undaunted in their efforts to lay waste to Obamacare. The most recent came Tuesday, when Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II proposed a new rule easing the limits on temporary policies that can carry significantly lower premiums. These plans don’t have to comply with Obamacare’s insurance reforms, which means they typically provide much less coverage – and that they may not be as cheap, or as available, for people with preexisting conditions.
The Obama administration put a three-month limit on the duration of such policies. The new rule would allow “temporary” plans to continue for up to 364 days, making them an appealing alternative for those who don’t want or need comprehensive insurance.
The proposal reflects the approach taken by Trump and many other Republicans to the rapid rise in insurance premiums for those not covered by a large employer’s plan: Let insurers offer thinner policies for less money to people who don’t need much care. Doing so, however, means that healthier people will abandon the Obamacare exchanges, leaving them mainly to people who have preexisting conditions or need comprehensive coverage. The former save money, the latter see their premiums rise even faster. Oh and yes, it would likely cost the taxpayers more.
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This nasty trend is likely to continue until voters make it stop.