The President Obama iconic healthcare program isn’t going anywhere….
Even the Republicans have backed away from the ‘repeal’ efforts….
Average premiums for the most common “silver” level insurance plan sold under ObamaCare will fall 1.5 percent in 2019, according to the Trump administration, the first time rates have fallen since the law took effect.
In contrast, average premiums for the same mid-level plans increased by 37 percent between 2017 and 2018 and by 25 percent between 2016 and 2017.
The premium decreases are a sign that the insurance marketplace is stabilizing after two years of massive premium spikes, and the Trump administration is taking credit for it.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma told reporters the administration is not sabotaging the law, a common accusation from Democrats and supporters of ObamaCare.
She added that the premium decrease is a sign that all the actions the agency has taken so far— like repealing the individual mandate, cutting payments to ObamaCare outreach groups and expanding short-term insurance plans— have helped.
“The rhetoric on the exchanges has not matched the facts,” Verma said, and despite predictions that the insurance market would destabilize, the opposite has happened…..
The Healthcare Issue is on the mind of a lot of voters….
Election analyst Kyle Kondik on Thursday said that health care will be a driving issue for voters going into November’s midterms.
“Health care generally is higher up, and it ranks higher for Democrats than for Republicans,” Kondik, managing editor of “Sabato’s Crystal Ball,” told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on “Rising.”
“The one particular piece of that, you’re starting to see this in the Senate races, in particular, is this pre-existing conditions issue because Democrats see it as a way to attack Republicans, and say, ‘Hey, Republicans are trying to take away these pre-existing conditions protections.’ Republicans are aggressively fighting back against it,” he said.
Kondik’s comments come one day after President Trump slammed “Medicare for all” in an op-ed for USA Today.
Trump likened the proposed government program that is catching on with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party to radical socialism, saying it would threaten all senior citizens.
Democrats have been working to make health care a central part of the election strategy.
Senate Democrats sought to overturn short-term health care plans that do not provide coverage for preexisting conditions on Wednesday, but the measure failed in a 50-50 vote.
In bringing more attention to health care, Democrats are hoping to turn attention away from the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which has energized Republican voters…..