Oh, the spin. Makes my head hurt.
When the fourth open-enrollment period begins Tuesday, most people who buy health insurance on the marketplaces set up through the Affordable Care Act will see little, if any, change in their monthly costs.
But the tens of thousands of people throughout the state who don’t qualify for federal subsidies — most of whom have already seen the cost of their health insurance jump in recent years — will be in for additional pain.
They will pay the full cost of double-digit premium increases. Several insurers, including at least four in the Milwaukee area, are raising premiums by more than 20%.
Do you see what they did there? They downplay the rate increase by saying that most people won’t be affected by it. Why won’t most people be affected by it? Because they receive federal subsidies to offset the premiums. And who pays for those subsidies? Why, federal taxpayers do, thanks for asking. And who are the federal taxpayers? All of us who don’t get subsidies for Obamacare and some of them too.
So we all get to pay for the massive Obamacare premium increases, but we aren’t supposed to be too concerned about that because the folks getting subsidies should be OK.
And here’s the paragraph that tells you that the reporter simply regurgitated the spin from some Obamacare bureaucrat:
About 85% of the 224,208 people who bought health plans on the marketplace as of March 2016 were eligible for subsidies. The percentage may be higher now.
The first sentence is true. It is a fact and it duly reported as such. The second sentence is something that someone trying to minimize the impact of the increases would say. Yes, that percentage may be higher now. It may be lower. It may be about the same. Why even include that speculation if not to try to give the impression that even fewer people would be paying for the premium increases themselves?
But remember that massive premium increases because of Obamacare are a feature – not a bug. It is an intended consequence designed to push us to full socialized medicine as advocated by Clinton and the rest of the Left.