Biden antitrust agenda ignores states’ complicity on health care monopolies

It comes as no surprise that the Biden administration has taken ambitious early action to expand the federal government’s jurisdiction over access to health care. After all, President Biden was vice president and an influential advisor in the Obama administration, when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enlarged the federal government’s role in determining health care access and costs, and greatly constricted options for patients.



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Indeed, no one should be surprised by his latest series of executive orders that direct federal agencies to reexamine – and likely revoke – a number of Trump administration rules that had returned some autonomy to patients and state governments. And it’s no surprise that Biden also mandated a reopening of the ObamaCare insurance exchanges from Feb. 15 through May 15, presumably so the administration can shift more individuals from private to public coverage. What’s unlikely – but would be of

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As Biden reopens ACA health insurance, thousands eligible in Georgia

The new open enrollment window will run from Feb. 15 to May 15, and coverage will start immediately with 2021 insurance plans. Prior to Feb. 15, people can go to HealthCare.gov/see-plans to window shop.

What kind of financial assistance is there?

On the ACA exchange, insurance plans are subsidized to be affordable for people who expect in 2021 to make less than 400% of the poverty level—as long as they make at least poverty level. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, most of the Americans who currently are eligible for a free “bronze” level plan on the ACA exchange after subsidies are applied reside in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Texas. Georgia has one of the highest uninsured rates in the nation.

There is no assistance for Georgians who make less than 100% of the poverty level and who don’t meet the Georgia Medicaid criteria because the state has not

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Biden to reopen health insurance marketplace for special enrollment period

President Biden will be reopening the Affordable Care Act’s online health insurance marketplace for a special enrollment period of three months, the White House has announced.



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The White House on Thursday said Biden will sign an executive order allowing Americans to sign up for health insurance via HealthCare.gov from Feb. 15 through May. 15, Reuters reports.

“This special enrollment period will give Americans that need health care coverage during this global pandemic the opportunity to sign up,” the White House said.

Open enrollment on the health insurance exchange for those who aren’t insured through their employer would previously only be for six weeks, and the most recent period ended in December, CNN reports. Exceptions are made for those with major life changes, The Washington Post notes.

According to The New York Times, this special enrollment period

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Biden signs executive actions on abortion policy, health care access

Washington — President Biden on Thursday signed a series of health care-related directives he described as reversing “the damage” done by former President Donald Trump, which including taking action to rescind and target anti-abortion rules.



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“I’m not initiating any new law, any new aspect of the law,” Mr. Biden said in brief remarks from the Oval Office. 

The president said he is “restoring the Affordable Care Act and restoring the Medicaid to the way it was before Trump became president, which by fiat he changed, made more inaccessible, more expensive and more difficult for people to qualify for either of those two items.”

Mr. Biden’s executive order allows for HealthCare.gov, the federal health insurance marketplace, to open for a special enrollment period from February 15 to May 15, which will allow Americans more time to sign up for health insurance coverage. The order

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