Obamacare Is On The Verge Of Collapse In One State. | Gradient

Obamacare is on the verge of collapse in one state.


There’s been recent, fairly apolitical concerns about the affordability and thus, sustainability of Obamacare. Now, according to Tennessee’s insurance regulator, the exchange market is “very near collapse.”

Julie Mix McPeak, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, told The Tennessean that the lack of insurance sellers in the state are severely damaging the marketplace. Right now, Tennessee is down to one provider that covers the entire state, Blue Cross Blue Shield. McPeak added that it’s too late for other sellers to join the marketplace in time for open enrollment in November.

What happens when you have a “marketplace” with only one seller in town? The rates are skyrocketing. Blue Cross Blue Shield asked for and received a 62% increase. Governor Bill Haslam wants the federal government to fix what he portrays as common, state-level issues like the dwindling amount of sellers —  a problem he believes is caused by the negative profits:

Ultimately, I think that’s where the federal government needs to come in and address the situation. They created the program and so they’re going to have to address that. They can’t make insurance companies cover people if it doesn’t pay off for insurance companies,” Haslam said. “Those of us who had some structural questions about the Affordable Care Act said OK, we’ve set this up, now you need to come up with an answer for this if we’re not going to have anybody that covers the exchange.

The New York Times’ opinion section is publishing op-eds all week discussing the long-term viability of the Affordable Care Act.

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New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Jason Russell”


Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “ Aharon Rabinowitz”


Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 040


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New Pod Flow: Scribble & Jam, “Artist Matthew Perryman Jones”


Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.

If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.

To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.

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New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Next Steps After the Presidential Election”


Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 039


Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.

This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “Illo


Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy.  During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 038


This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.

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New Pod Flow: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Podcast: Doctor Strange


We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.