Corporate Democrats determined to self-destruct on health care
The most important issue to voters is health care and Democrats own this issue.
More than 1 in 5 voters, 22 percent, said in a new NBC News–Wall Street Journal poll that health care is their top issue in the November midterm elections.
...The poll is good news for Democrats, who plan to hit Republicans on their health-care record ahead of the midterms.
Why do the Dems own health care? Because Republicans have been trying to destroy the best parts of Obamacare for years.
The Trump administration told a federal court on Thursday that it would no longer defend crucial provisions of the Affordable Care Act that protect consumers with pre-existing medical conditions.
Under those provisions of the law, insurance companies cannot deny coverage or charge higher rates to people with pre-existing medical conditions.
The Justice Department said the provisions were part of an unconstitutional scheme that required most Americans to carry health insurance.
The Trump Administration has been actively undermining Obamacare since Day 1, and the effort is showing up in the premiums.
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.
Premiums are bad enough. In many cases, families are forced to pay more than $11,000 each year.
Rapidly rising premiums, being undermined by the Administration and Congress, Obamacare is already controversial and has limited support.
So what do Dems do? Do they embrace Medicare For All, like a majority of the population want?
Or do they double-down on an unpopular, expensive, imploding Obamacare?
Unfortunately, Democrats have yet to accept the ObamaCare scheme’s demise. On May 30, New Jersey lawmakers passed legislation creating a state-based individual health care mandate. The move is part of Democrats’ last-ditch effort to preserve New Jersey’s struggling ObamaCare exchange. Under the law, those who fail to buy health insurance will be forced to pay a penalty amounting to 2.5 percent of their household income or $695 per adult (plus $347 per child), whichever is greater.
New Jersey is the first state to reinstate ObamaCare’s individual mandate since congressional Republicans gutted that provision in December as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (Only one other state, Massachusetts, has an individual mandate.)
New Jersey Democrats aren’t alone, either. Democrats in nine other states and the District of Columbia proposed legislation earlier this year that would usher in the return of the individual mandate, despite that provision’s low popularity and ObamaCare’s failure to provide Americans with reasonably priced health care.
Oh goody. The Democrats are working hard to save the worst and most unpopular part of Obamacare while the best parts die.
AND THIS IS HOW THE DEMS PLAN ON RUNNING FOR OFFICE. By taking a critical, slam dunk issue, and turning it into an albatross.
I really do get the feeling that we are being played with Good Cop/Bad Cop.