A health insurance corporation lobs a shot across President Trump’s bow

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Blue Cross Blue Shield will drop individual health insurance coverage in metro Atlanta in 2018, but will remain in the 96 counties where the company is the only insurance provider, according to the report that leads today’s newspaper, written by our AJC colleague Ariel Hart.

But if you’re in Washington, that’s not the part of the story that struck you as important. This is:

“Unfortunately, continued regulatory uncertainty at the Federal level and the current state of instability in the individual market have necessitated that we consider discontinuance of certain of our current offerings,” Jeff Fusile, the president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, wrote in a letter to the state explaining the move. He wrote the letter in June, but Blue Cross made the announcement to customers Monday.

Translated, that’s a corporate shot across the bow of President Donald Trump and others who say that Republicans won’t be held to account by the collapse of the Affordable Care Act.

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