The ACA and the politics of health care

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Guests: Julie Rovner, Sabrina Corlette

There’s some good news around the Affordable Care Act: premium prices are down on average by 1.5% for 2019, and there are more plan choices. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, rates are dropping even more. With open enrollment starting on November 1st and health care playing a prominent role in midterm elections, we thought we’d check in on the state of Obamacare, including the costs and coverage. We’ll also discuss the continuing threats to the ACA, including the legal challenges to the pre-existing disease provision and the expansion of alternative short-term plans. And, we’ll see how healthcare is playing out in elections around the country. Guest host Mary Cummings-Jordan talks with JULIE ROVNER, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, and SABRINA CORLETTE, senior research fellow at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute.

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