Stable costs may shift ‘Obamacare’ politics
After two years of double-digit premium hikes, millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest increases next year, according to an exclusive analysis that highlights the changing politics of health care heading into the midterm elections.
The consulting firm Avalere Health and The Associated Press crunched available state data, finding that “Obamacare’s” health insurance marketplaces seem to be stabilizing. Customers in some states will get price cuts. And the exodus of insurers from the program has halted, even reversed somewhat, with more consumer choices for 2019.
The steady outlook means the health care law won’t be an easy target for Republicans this year, an election issue that’s worked well for them since 2010. But Democrats may also be looking for new talking points. They can’t exactly argue that the Trump administration has wrecked the ACA, so they’re saying that popular provisions like protections for people with pre-existing conditions are still threatened.