Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Rakin' in the ObamaTax Bucks

As Patrick noted last week, the ObamaTax Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) provision seems to have been a wonderful gift to the health insurance industry:

"So, thanks to MLR, insurance companies took in an additional $50 Billion in 2012 and paid out $800 Million less in rebates"

Lest our readers think that this is an exaggeration, we learn today that at least one carrier, WellPoint, is making some serious coin off of the ObamaTax:

"[N]ewly minted CEO Joseph Swedish said the company expects a windfall of sorts from the [ObamaTax] — as much as $20 billion by 2016."

While that's only partially due to the MLR (other factors include increased market share and more folks buying coverage through the Exchanges), it's certainly looks to be "berry, berry good" for the folks at Blue Cross.

By the way, take a look at your renewal and let us know how well you're faring.
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