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ObamaCare floundering: Sink or swim?

| Monday, July 17, 2017, 9:07 p.m.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma. (AFP/Getty Images)

as Republicans bicker over repeal-and-replace health-care options that are universally detested by Democrats, ObamaCare continues to take on water and is listing badly. All of which raises a valid question:

Should Republicans simply let ObamaCare sink under its own unsustainable weight — maybe not completely but enough to compel Democrats to get off the dime and join the GOP in devising a better vessel? Consider the latest ObamaCare distress call from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

Since last year, the number of health insurers that have applied to participate in the ObamaCare exchanges has dropped by 38 percent — a decline of 86 insurers in all, The Washington Free Beacon reports. This, after major players Aetna and Anthem announced their exit from the ObamaCare marketplace.

For the unfortunate passengers stuck aboard ObamaCare, those in 49 counties across the nation will have no insurer whatsoever next year. And those in about 1,300 counties will have their “choice” of one insurer.

“These numbers are clear: The status quo is not working,” said Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. More to the point, she added, “I am deeply concerned about the crisis situation facing the individual market in many states across the nation.”

As the tide of ObamaCare patients with limited insurance options rises, how long do Democrats intend to hold their breath?

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