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Friday, September 15, 2017

Eric Levitz, New York: Back in April, Donald Trump told the Wall Street Journal that he planned to use the powers of his office to jeopardize health-care access for millions of low-income people, while undermining America's insurance markets -- because he believed that voters would blame the ensuing chaos on the Democratic Party, leaving Chuck Schumer desperate to negotiate with the White House over Obamacare repeal. In doing so, the administration has jeopardized health-care access for low-income people, while undermining America's insurance markets. A new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget office suggests that this is having precisely the effect you'd expect it to -- and, in so doing, lays the blame for an upcoming increase in the cost of health insurance at the White House's door.

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The nonpartisan office estimates that average premiums in the health law marketplaces will be 15 percent higher next year "largely because of short-term market uncertainty -- in particular, insurers' uncertainty about whether federal funding for certain subsidies that are currently available will continue to be provided." The CBO also estimates that there will be less competition in the marketplaces next year, which it also attributes to the uncertain federal environment surrounding the health law's future. The CBO also points to "announced reductions in federal advertising, outreach, and other enrollment efforts" as additional factors that will make Obamacare sign-ups smaller next year than they otherwise would have been.

Why Trump believes it's in his interest to engineer a 15 percent rise in insurance premiums is unclear. But if the president still believes that he'll be able to blame Obamacare's implosion on Democrats -- while loudly directing a wrecking ball towards the law's foundations -- let's hope the CBO's report serves as his wake-up call.

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Trump is just interested in getting something passed and he don't give a ---- whether it helps or hurts the public. Just more things he can brag about. So he will sabotage ACA as much as he can in order to force congress to pass his far inferior plan. Hey, that's what you get for electing a sociopath.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2017-09-15 07:52 AM | Reply

I guess if he cuts the gov subsidies, the cost for the rate payer must go up. Either way you pay.

#2 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-09-15 10:16 AM | Reply

I guess if he cuts the gov subsidies, the cost for the rate payer must go up. Either way you pay.

#2 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Poor stupid Sniper.

You don't have to cut them. Just threaten to not pay them. And insurance premiums go up to manage the threat.

Your president just screwed you. And you smile as you take it.

#3 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-09-15 12:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Having a system so susceptible to uncertainty and the whims of partisanship causes the significant premium increases.

SINGLE-PAYER NOW!!!

#4 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2017-09-15 12:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

We know it would not be going up of hillary was in office, right?

#5 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-09-15 01:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Only 15%! Wow! That is so much better than what we have had for the past several years. I think I'll give everybody a raise.

#6 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2017-09-15 01:29 PM | Reply

We know it would not be going up of hillary was in office, right?

#5 | Posted by MSgt

It would be going up for the same reasons it always goes up.

Under trump it goes up for those reasons PLUS added uncertainty.

#MakeAmericaPoorAgain

#7 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-09-15 01:29 PM | Reply

Of course not. According to lib logic, the double-digit premium increases and uber high deductibles only started happening the day Trump took office. Remember those good old days?

#8 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-09-15 01:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Single payer is our only avenue towards real solutions to healthcare.

#9 | Posted by danni at 2017-09-15 01:31 PM | Reply

And all of those insurance companies that bailed before Trump came along? Just coincidence. Had nothing to do with the writing that was already on the wall. Nope.

#10 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-09-15 01:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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You don't have to cut them. Just threaten to not pay them. And insurance premiums go up to manage the threat.

Your president just screwed you. And you smile as you take it.

#3 | Posted by Sycophant

So, I am getting screwed by him cutting government spending? Where did you go to school?

#11 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-09-15 01:43 PM | Reply

SINGLE-PAYER NOW!!!

#4 | Posted by Whatsleft

Even for the illegal border crashers?

#12 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-09-15 01:44 PM | Reply

Of course not. According to lib logic, the double-digit premium increases and uber high deductibles only started happening the day Trump took office. Remember those good old days?

#8 | Posted by cookfish

Then I'm sure you can find a lib saying that somewhere.

Or admit you're full of crap.

Health care costs have risen more slowly under obamacare than they were before obamacare. But fox news won't tell you that.

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-09-15 01:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Of course not. According to lib logic, the double-digit premium increases and uber high deductibles only started happening the day Trump took office. Remember those good old days?
#8 | POSTED BY COOKFISH

And all of those insurance companies that bailed before Trump came along? Just coincidence. Had nothing to do with the writing that was already on the wall. Nope.
#10 | POSTED BY COOKFISH

Just lie after lie huh? Can you EVER tell the truth about anything?

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-09-15 01:45 PM | Reply

Nope. Nothing but the truth. Why don't YOU tell the truth and admit you didn't give a damn about the ever-increasing premiums and deductibles as well as the shortage of choices, until AFTER Trump took office, and stop with all of your nonsense?

#15 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-09-15 01:47 PM | Reply

Nope. Nothing but the truth. Why don't YOU tell the truth and admit you didn't give a damn about the ever-increasing premiums and deductibles as well as the shortage of choices, until AFTER Trump took office, and stop with all of your nonsense?

#15 | Posted by cookfish

STill waiting on your link to liberals saying health care costs weren't going up before trump...

Unless you were just LYING?

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-09-15 01:50 PM | Reply

Nope. Nothing but the truth. Why don't YOU tell the truth and admit you didn't give a damn about the ever-increasing premiums and deductibles as well as the shortage of choices, until AFTER Trump took office, and stop with all of your nonsense?

#15 | POSTED BY COOKFISH

Of course they were.

But now they are going up DIRECTLY BECAUSE Trump threatened to the insurance companies. It's no market factors this time.

Deal with it.

#17 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-09-15 02:20 PM | Reply

Agree with him or not, at least Bernie is proposing something to address this problem and building support for it. (unlike that other loser on her blame-game book tour)

#18 | Posted by LIVE_OR_DIE at 2017-09-15 02:53 PM | Reply

Agree with him or not, at least Bernie is proposing something to address this problem and building support for it. (unlike that other loser on her blame-game book tour)

#18 | Posted by LIVE_OR_DIE

I see Bernie's bill as more of a sign up sheet for real liberals.

Anyone smart and brave enough to reject insurance and medical lobbyist bribes can add their name to the list.

All the cowards and sellouts will be revealed by their refusal to do so.

#19 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-09-15 03:23 PM | Reply

Obama care was designed to fail get to single payer. The planned was foiled when Trump got elected.

#20 | Posted by blake914 at 2017-09-15 05:15 PM | Reply

Obama care was designed to fail get to single payer. The planned was foiled when Trump got elected.

#20 | Posted by blake914

Obmamcare was designed by Republicans (Romneycare) was chosen in order to get their vote. Obama basically gave them what they wanted and they still said no because Obama.

#21 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-09-15 05:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

"Obama care was designed to fail get to single payer. The planned was foiled when Trump got elected." - #20 | Posted by blake914 at 2017-09-15 05:15 PM

Trump is going to ensure that Obamacare doesn't fail?

That's how Trump foiled the plan?

Seriously, do you ever think before posting?

#22 | Posted by Hans at 2017-09-15 06:58 PM | Reply

Last time. HRC was a lock in to be President and would have taken the failed program to single payer by simply telling the American well we tried really hard to fix healthcare but there is no other choice but letting the Feds take it over. But Trump won and foiled that plan simply by getting elected.This the last time i will engage you in a dialog.

#23 | Posted by blake914 at 2017-09-15 07:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This the last time i will engage you in a dialog.

#23 | Posted by blake914

translation - i can't back up this conspiracy theory, so i'm going to run away instead.

#24 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-09-15 07:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

SINGLE-PAYER NOW!!!

#4 | Posted by Whatsleft

Even for the illegal border crashers?

#12 | Posted by Sniper

It's likely that many of them pay more taxes in this country than you do.

My answer would be, anyone who is within U.S. borders when they need medical care should probably get at least emergency medical care.

#25 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2017-09-15 08:58 PM | Reply

My answer would be, anyone who is within U.S. borders when they need medical care should probably get at least emergency medical care.

Posted by Whatsleft at 2017-09-15 08:58 PM | Reply

ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have to. This is America for God sake.

#26 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-09-15 09:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's likely that many of them pay more taxes in this country than you do.
#25 | POSTED BY WHATSLEFT AT 2017-09-15 08:58 PM

This narrative that lettuce pickers are paying any significant amount of taxes is one of the dumbest memes to come out of the Democrap party. Even at a 100% tax rate, those slave wages amount to practically nothing.

Also, paying brown people slave wages because white liberals in CA are too above picking produce and mowing lawns is progressive.

#27 | Posted by LIVE_OR_DIE at 2017-09-15 10:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Also, paying brown people slave wages because white liberals in CA ...

And Naples, Florida AKA Whitesville.

#28 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-09-15 10:54 PM | Reply

Health care costs have risen more slowly under obamacare than they were before obamacare. But fox news won't tell you that.
#13 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

You mean we didn't get that $2500 dollar savings.... ?

What a bunch of crap, play statistical games all you want, Obama lied people died....

#29 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-09-16 01:36 AM | Reply

And Naples, Florida AKA Whitesville.

#28 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

Whatever ;-)

#30 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-09-16 01:37 AM | Reply

My answer would be, anyone who is within U.S. borders when they need medical care should probably get at least emergency medical care.
Posted by Whatsleft

They do... where have you been .... its insane talking to the uninformed...

But hey, an illegal shoots a citizen ... who cares........
www.foxnews.com

you have your priorities upside down ....

#31 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-09-16 01:39 AM | Reply

"...because white liberals ... And Naples, Florida" - #28 | Posted by Nulli Quisling at 2017-09-15 10:54 PM

Naples, Florida is filled with white liberals?

Only in nulliville.

#32 | Posted by Hans at 2017-09-16 08:52 AM | Reply

"You mean we didn't get that $2500 dollar savings.... ? "

You mean YOU didn't save $2500 dollars. I did and more. So I guess that means YOU are just not leading a good life like me. Now if you get that huge tax cut you are hoping for that Trump promised you get back with us and we'll see who made out better this time.

#33 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-09-16 01:37 PM | Reply

Donald Trump told the Wall Street Journal that he planned to use the powers of his office to jeopardize health-care access for millions of low-income people, while undermining America's insurance markets -- because he believed that voters would blame the ensuing chaos on the Democratic Party

I have no idea what Trump's exact words were. But I'm sure he didn't say he's deliberately trying to "jeopardize" access for millions of low-income people. That's the way it comes out when filtered through the leftist media.

Undermine American's insurance markets? Nah! Most likey the insurance companies are pressuring for rate increases.

#34 | Posted by Ray at 2017-09-16 04:30 PM | Reply

"HRC ... would have taken the failed program to single payer by simply telling the American well we tried really hard to fix healthcare but there is no other choice but letting the Feds take it over." - #23 | Posted by Alex Jones at 2017-09-15 07:27 PM

A fairy tale you cannot prove.

It does, however, prove that you don't think before posting.

Or, as SpeakSoftly said in his #24:

(you) "can't back up this conspiracy theory"
Indeed.

#35 | Posted by Hans at 2017-09-17 05:59 PM | Reply

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