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Obama Administration Completely Out of Touch With Looming Obamacare Rate Hikes

Obama Administration Completely Out of Touch With Looming Obamacare Rate Hikes

HHS still claims Obamacare helped mitigate health insurance rate spikes

Just yesterday I blogged about upcoming health insurance rate hikes. Health insurance plans offered on an exchange (like those purchased by most self-employed individuals) will see double-digit premium increases.

Not only are premiums and deductibles sky-rocketing, but consumer choice is dwindling. Insurer complaints are the same — health insurance consumers are sicker and older than their original models predicted, making affordable insurance a virtually impossible offering.

Worse still — the Obama administration is completely out of touch with their hallmark legislation’s ramifications.

Just last month HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell wrote an Op-Ed arguing Obamacare has helped mitigate rate hikes.

Overall, independent experts calculate that Marketplace premiums are currently 12% to 20% lower than the Congressional Budget Office predicted when the ACA was passed. Even with this year’s proposed rate changes, consumers will likely pay less next year than they would have if rates had come in and grown as CBO predicted.

“Independent experts.” This is not my believing face.

In most places and for most people, the Marketplace is working well, and I expect it will continue to grow in the years ahead. But the administration, insurers, states, and Congress all have a role to play in making it work even better, informed by the past three years of experience.

Here at the Department of Health and Human Services, we are using all tools at our disposal to strengthen the Marketplace and help more people access coverage. For example, we are making improvements to the Marketplace’s risk-sharing mechanisms and eligibility rules. We are also planning a data-driven outreach campaign to get more healthy and young enrollees in this upcoming 2017 Open Enrollment. We’re also working to improve affordability and quality for all consumers, wherever they get their coverage, by rewarding health care providers for the quality of care they provide, not the quantity.

Insurers, for their part, can continue to adapt to an individual market that looks very different than it did a few short years ago. Before the ACA, issuers competed to enroll the healthiest people; today, they compete based on cost and quality in a transparent Marketplace. Some issuers are already succeeding in this new market, which requires a different approach, including more emphasis on care coordination and quality improvement to meet the needs of consumers.

If by “adapting”, Burwell means “dropping out of the marketplace altogether”, then sure. Some of the country’s largest insurers have withdrawn from exchanges nationwide because they can no longer offer competitive rates to consumers.

Obamacare’s slow motion derailment is adversely affecting every consumer that touches it, meanwhile the administration insists the cumbersome legislation has been a veritable life saver.

More accurately:


Hard to imagine a more tone deaf administration. Except for maybe North Korea.

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Knowing and not admitting isn’t out of touch. It’s something much worse than that.

Out of touch my ass, THEY DON’T CARE!

    rabidfox in reply to Romey. | October 26, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    It was built into the plan – obamacare has to fail so they can usher in socialized medicine across the US. VA medical treatment for all, as it were. With the same levels of efficiency, compassion and respect for life.

      The real question is: If ObamaCare was designed to fail in order to pave the way to single-payer healthcare, is it really failing at its designed purpose?

      Sure, it’s failing at its advertised purpose, but what if that’s not what it was designed for?

Long ago, my father gave me advice about insurance. You “insure the risk”. The context then was life insurance and with small children, it was important to have adequate life insurance. What we’re seeing with Obamacare (which I believe was designed to fail from the beginning in order to put single payer in place) is that the “younger, healthier” people are opting out because they don’t perceive risk worthy of the steep premium for insurance. Since the IRS “penalty” is often less than the cost of insurance premiums, those same folks are willing to pay that. If we continue the path set my the current Administration, I fully expect single payer within two years. If you think that is a good idea, take a look at the VA.

    conservative tarheel in reply to p1cunnin. | October 26, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    agreed … the plan was designed to fail
    so that single payer could be brought in …
    Obama admitted it …

conservative tarheel | October 26, 2016 at 12:14 pm

they keep talking about how people are not feeling the pain
much because of Obamacare Subsidies.
so as long as the gov’t is paying the difference
people are not going to care …

1) Obamacare is working as designed: Destroy the health system.

2) The government is not subsidizing premiums — my grandchildren are.

3) The Democrats are happy as they see Single Payer on their Utopian horizon. VA Healthcare for everyone not in the ruling class.

4) Government controlled healthcare will make everything a “health” issue. Do you like the car you drive? Do you like the gun you own? Do you like your A/C? Do you want healthcare if you are older that 50?

We are sentencing our grandchildren to a life of hell provided by the totalitarians of the left.

They are using the Communist tactic of the Big Lie. Their adherents will believe it, and when Obamacare collapses they will blame it on the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

Imagine a Tea Party candidate running for President right now. [Sob].

Wait, HHS and the Obamacare architects and administrators, up in their ivory towers, insulated from the world and the effects of their policies, are out-of-touch with what happens to we unwashed masses far below?

Say it ain’t so! [/sarcasm]

I am currently re-reading Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”; it makes even more sense to me now than it did years ago. Very little needs to be changed to make it fit our current situation, other than to change all references to “the British King” to “the Democratic Party”. It should be made mandatory reading in every high school in the country. Paine shows us that The Big Lie was in existence and being used when this country was struggling for its birth.

They will need to increase the health penalty tax, destroy the value of capital and labor, force immigration reform (i.e. democratic leverage), throw “grandma” of the cliff, and increase abortion rites and Planned Parenthood.