Obamacare Open Enrollment Begins With Prices Rising

Obamacare Open Enrollment Begins With Prices Rising

Obamacare Open Enrollment Begins With Prices Rising

It’s that very special time of year again! Welcome to Obamacare open enrollment season!

Time to make sure your health care plan that you are being forced to buy – on penalty of taxes – is all ready to go for calendar year 2016. If you can afford it.

The death spiral of Obamacare is slowly and surely on its way, and until you qualify for Medicaid, you are paying for everyone else’s health care.

Supporters credit ObamaCare with helping nine million uninsured Americans find coverage in 2014. But a new paper from the Heritage Foundation, however, suggests that nearly all of the increase came from adding nearly nine million people to the Medicaid rolls.

In other words, ObamaCare expanded coverage in 2014 to the extent that it gave people free or nearly free insurance. That goal could have been accomplished without the Affordable Care Act. To justify its existence, ObamaCare must make affordable private insurance available to a broad cross-section of uninsured Americans who are ineligible for Medicaid.

But with fewer people buying insurance through the exchanges, the economics aren’t holding up. Ten of the 23 innovative health-insurance plans known as co-ops—established with $2.4 billion in ObamaCare loans—will be out of business by the end of 2015 because of weak balance sheets.

And those who are buying insurance and renewing plans in most states are getting sticker shock.

Premiums vary widely — and are actually decreasing in a few places. Indiana is down 12.6 percent, and Mississippi is down 8 percent. But in most states, premiums are rising, up 31.5 percent in Alaska and up nearly 36 percent in Oklahoma.

So much for this…

Premium costs, on average, look like they will rise about 20.3 percent on average for coverage in the year 2016. In the meantime, state co-ops (which were billed as a way for people to take control by creating their own pools of insured people) are failing and quitting the marketplace, leaving people to find new, more expensive alternatives.

Now is the time to make every single Democrat in the race for the nomination to stand up and own this s**t sandwich that the American people are being forced – remember that, we are being forced – to buy, while each and every person has to look at their checkbooks and tries to decide what they can afford to pay – or not pay – for next year’s health insurance. Now is the time for every Republican candidate still in the race to stand up and tell everyone what they would do to stop this chaos. And those who can’t have no business still being in this race.

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