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1216, 07 Jun 18

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.

1216, 07 June 2018


  1. MHMaley

    That s administration withdrew funding for Obamacare to make their “repeal and replace “ look that more special .
    Then, they failed to get a bill passed with a majority in the House and Senate , along with a President who campaigned on it .
    The system is now the Republicans problem .
    “We’re incompetent “ won’t feed the Bulldog for
    Higher rate payers who were dumb enough to believe a group with no solutions

  2. Kevin Scheunemann


    It was a socialist scheme doomed from the start. This is what happens when you follow Chavez….I mean Obama.

  3. Paul

    Is there an illiterate drunk to English translation for the first comment?

  4. MHMaley

    Your guys couldn’t get a bill passed . They own it .

    It will be fun watching the GOP explain why pre conditions coverage under Obamacare is unconstitutional to a family who will go bankrupt under the weight of medical bills .

  5. NHolland

    June 6, June 7,… Obama this, Obama that. With ass hat in office how can anyone possibly spend a second looking backwards. The big orange p&$@% grabbing idiot has sabotaged the conservative movement from day one and will probably cost elections for a generation but hey let’s talk about the black guy. I see B&S has taken the bait hook, line and sinker!

  6. Kevin Scheunemann

    I love how you guys burn and salt the earth behind you on bad socialist health care policy and then blame the people trying to clean up the mess.

    That is unconscionable.

  7. Le Roi du Nord

    “It was a socialist scheme”,  “bad socialist health care policy”.

    Nope.  It was crafted by the Heritage Foundation, and enacted in MA by a republican governor, Mitt Romney.  But facts have never been an obstacle for k.

  8. Kevin Scheunemann

    Mitt Romney was not a Republican in practice, that is why he lost.

    MA system failed just as bad.

  9. Mark Hoefert

    It was crafted by the Heritage Foundation, and enacted in MA by a republican governor, Mitt Romney.  But facts have never been an obstacle for k.

    The ACA was not crafted by the Heritage Foundation.  The ACA as enacted has very little in common with the Heritage Foundation plan.  There are some similarities common to the ACA and MassHealth.  Mitt Romney veto of MassHealth was overridden 8 times by a supermajority of Democrats in Massachusetts.

    You must be a Michael Moore fan – “What we now call Obamacare was conceived at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and birthed in Massachusetts by Mitt Romney, then the governor. The president took Romneycare, a program designed to keep the private insurance industry intact, and just improved some of its provisions. In effect, the president was simply trying to put lipstick on the dog in the carrier on top of Mitt Romney’s car. And we knew it.”

    Michael Moore was proven wrong.





  10. Le Roi du Nord

    Well, Politifact, the Heritage Foundation in several news releases, and Newt Gingrich, disagree with you.  Guess we can agree to disagree.

  11. Kevin Scheunemann

    When Nord said that, it was like saying Jesus is for stealing.

    Hard to know whether to take time knock down all his erroneous nonsense.

    I appreciate you taking the time.

  12. Pat

    During the past couple elections the Republicans ran basically on the single topic of repeal and replace. This appeared to be a winning topic for them. Now, there is not one Republican candidate running on repeal and replace. Do they not care anymore? They have complete control of the Presidency, both houses, and judicial system. Why can’t they get anything done. They own this problem and have all the ability in the world to fix it.

  13. Kevin Scheunemann


    I agree, that is a big criticism for Republicans.

    I place most of blame on McCain.

  14. Le Roi du Nord

    Why blame McCain?  He didn’t campaign on having a better and cjeaper plan to replace the ACA, trump did.  Or why not McConnel, who had 7 years to come up with a better plan, yet called a vote with nothing .  Or weren’t you aware of that?

  15. Paul

    Sort of like three 500-year floods in a year…

  16. Jason

    > He didn’t campaign on having a better and cjeaper plan to replace the ACA, trump did. 

    Hey, Troll from the North, what’s a cjeaper plan?  Is that some type of off-road vehicle?  Live by the sword, die by the sword, eh, tool?


    Source for clarity…

    Le Roi du Nord says:   June 4, 2018 at 7:31 am :   “Nope, wouldn’t do that.  I’ve spent a lot of time NE of WI so I can tell you from experience that isn’t where West Bend is located.  But I might use your post to demonstrate your inability to spell even four letter words correctly.”


  17. Le Roi du Nord

    I humbly beg your (yes, that is the correct form) forgiveness.  As k says, “nobody is perfect”.  I’m not, you’re (again, the correct usage) not, nobody is.  But I didn’t campaign on it.

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