Breaking: Major Insurer Pulls out of Every 2018 Obamacare Exchange

Aetna, one of America’s largest health insurance companies, announced Thursday it was completely withdrawing from Obamacare exchanges by 2018, the Washington Examiner reported.

The company had apparently considered staying on in Nevada, where participation in the exchange was a mandatory part of a Medicaid contract that the insurance powerhouse had won. However, during an earnings call, the company announced it wouldn’t be moving forward with the contract.

“Our 2018 participation was required based on a Medicaid contract with the state,” Aetna spokesman T.J. Crawford wrote in an email. “As a result of terminating that contract for unrelated reasons, we will not have a presence on the individual exchange in Nevada.”

Since withdrawing from most of the Obamacare exchanges, the insurance giant has seen a significant financial windfall, beating estimates in the second quarter with 52 percent profit growth. The insurer lost $700 million on the exchanges between 2014 and 2016 and was expected to lose another $200 million in 2017 despite pulling out of most of them.

In an appearance on CNBC on Thursday, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said Congress shouldn’t repeal Obamacare, but still emphasized his company wouldn’t be participating in it.

“What we should do is fix it. So either everyone gets their heads together over in the Senate and the House and does the job that the American people needs them to do, and fix what we already have, or they should move on to something else,” Bertolini said.

“Any business that has the kind of changes this program has seen quarter over quarter, sometimes monthly, would not be able to sustain their business practices for any period of time,” he added. “So when they get it right — which, it can be fixed, it very much can be fixed — and it’s stable, we’ll reconsider participation.”

This seems to be an odd position, considering the relative “stability” the program had between 2010 and Jan. 20 of this year, during which time the Democrats controlled the White House and the Republican Party was thoroughly unwilling to do anything but posture about Obamacare.

It’s good to see where Bertolini’s bread is buttered, but one ought to look at his actions as opposed to his words. Much like every other insurance firm, the company he helms is bowing out of the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges.

Pushing his specious concerns about “stability” and “fixing what we already have,” what we’re left with is another company that’s seen massive losses from exchanges that are disproportionately joined by unhealthy individuals who are a monetary drain on the system. The only way to stabilize that situation is getting rid of the whole rotten structure and starting anew.

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Source: Conservative Tribune

One Reply to “Breaking: Major Insurer Pulls out of Every 2018 Obamacare Exchange

  1. This is exactly why Obamacare should be repealed and put a health care plan out there that allows the many people who don’t have coverage to buy into a plan that gives them the coverage they need and the cost should be reflected on the amount of money they make. Many people in this country barely make minimum wage salaries so the money (Billions) that the government waste can help subsidize they families so they can have some peace of mind if they were ever in a situation where they need any type of health care. Then you have the freeloaders that need to be verified and have the Dept. of Health oversee that the healthcare available is not abused like so many entitlements are in this country. Here is a place to start so lets get moving people.

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