Insurers may say ‘we have to get out’ if Obamacare repealed without replacement

If Republicans repeal the Obamacare individual mandate without a concrete replacement plan, we could see another year of big price increases and insurer withdrawals for open enrollment in 2018, according to a new report.

“The greater the uncertainty, the higher the rates,” said Sabrina Corlette, a Georgetown University research professor and one of the authors of the new report, which was published by the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“At a certain point you can’t even price high enough to account for the uncertainty and it’s at that point that the carriers say, ‘we have to get out,'” said Corlette.

The researchers interviewed executives from more than a dozen health insurance firms over the last month, from companies that are offering plans on Obamacare exchanges this year. The uncertainty has many already weighing their participation next year.


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