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It's almost certainly the case that repealing benefit requirements would raise the cost of the AHCA since more people would use tax credits.
NEW Mar 23 2017
Larry Levitt has been quoted 32 times. The one recent article where Larry Levitt has been quoted is GOP Health Care Debate: What Are ‘Essential Benefits’?. Most recently, Larry Levitt was quoted as having said, “It's almost certainly the case that repealing benefit requirements would raise the cost of the AHCA since more people would use tax credits.”.
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While enrollment is down, this does not exactly paint a picture of a program collapsing.

The Republican proposals would benefit higher-income people over lower-income people.

So, is this the moment at which Obamacare becomes Trumpcare? Enrollment was up slightly over last year up until this point.

It's a sign that the Trump administration is looking to unwind the law in every way it can administratively.

It would create a significant amount of uncertainty and affect insurers' ability to participate for 2018.

It depends for whom you're talking about. For people with pre-existing conditions, choices are infinitely more abundant because they couldn't get coverage at all. For someone who's young and healthy there are likely fewer choices available now than before.

That certainly provides some protection, but a lot of people could fall through the cracks. If you need a new roof on your house and can't pay your insurance premium for a while, you could be locked out.

There are zero signs that the ACA's marketplaces are in danger of imminent collapse.

Since I signed Obamacare into law, our businesses have added more than 15 million new jobs.

If the current (Affordable Care Act) open enrollment period is successful and enrollment grows, it means the insurance market is not collapsing.

I assumed it was impossible to repeal the ACA with 20 million people covered. I may have been wrong about that.

Consumers will be faced this year with not only big premium increases but also with a declining number of insurers participating, and that will lead to a tumultuous open enrollment period.

This is essentially a status quo projection, with expected growth in enrollment matching what happened this year. That strikes me as reasonable, not too pessimistic, not too optimistic.

The next open enrollment period will be pivotal. If enrollment grows in 2017, I think a lot of the current concerns will dissipate. On the other hand, if enrollment next year stagnates, it will likely precipitate a debate about how to fix the law, amidst big disagreement among Democrats and Republicans about what those fixes look like.

It seems increasingly apparent that the big, national insurers are having trouble making money and competing in the ACA marketplaces. Some insurers, particularly those that historically served the Medicaid market, are doing better. It's clear that there's going to be less competition and choice in the marketplaces in 2017.

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