Obamacare Premiums Expected to Explode (again)

This is why the Republicans’ failure to repeal Obamacare is such a travesty. Real Americans will pay the price of their failure.

(CNN)Brace yourselves — it looks like Obamacare premiums could jump by double digits again next year.

Insurers in several states have requested large rate hikes for 2019, with many pointing to steps taken by President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress as the main reasons why.
New York insurers want to hike rates by 24%, on average, while carriers in Washington are looking for a 19% average premium increase. In Maryland, CareFirst is asking for an average 18.5% rate bump for its HMO plans and a 91% spike for its PPO policies (which have far fewer enrollees), while Kaiser Permanente wants to boost premiums by more than 37%, on average.
Many insurers cite two key drivers of the increases: Congress’ elimination of the penalty for the individual mandate — which requires nearly all Americans to have coverage or pay up — and the Trump administration’s expected expansion of two types of health plans that don’t have to adhere to Obamacare’s regulations.
In other words… the fact that healthy people are no longer being coerced by government to buy a product they don’t want coupled with the availability of better options for people means that there are fewer, more unhealthy, people to buy Obamacare policies.