How Obamacare Rate Increases Could Affect the 2016 Elections for President, Senate and House



As reported at The Politico, Obamacare sticker shock hits key Senate races and could affect the outcome of many political races in the Senate and House. However, the dirty little secret is that massive Obamacare rate increases on insureds could also swing the presidential vote. Welcome to the reality of Obamacare and Barack Obama’s “UNAFFORDABLE” healthcare act that was one of the greatest frauds ever perpetrated on We the People. The rate increases are escalating out of control and insurance companies are leaving Obamacare as fast as they can.


As insurers push large premium increases for 2017 Obamacare plans, some of the steepest hikes have been requested by insurers in crucial swing states that could determine control of the Senate.

In nine of 11 states with competitive Senate races, at least one insurer seeks to hike rates for Obamacare customers by at least 30 percent next year:Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pennsylvania wants to jack up average premiums by more than 40 percent. In Wisconsin, three insurers have asked for rate hikes of more than 30 percent. In New Hampshire, two of the five carriers want to sell plans with rate increase above 30 percent.

The potential sticker shock — coupled with the likelihood many consumers will have fewer choices next year after major insurers scale back their exchange participation — creates a potential political opening for Republican candidates, especially since the next Obamacare enrollment season starts one week before Election Day.

“People who are feeling it in their pocketbooks are going to be very unhappy about [rate hikes],” said Brian Walsh, a former communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “You would expect to see this will be part of the campaign messaging for House and Senate Republicans. … If it hasn’t started, it will be coming.”


While Donald Trump often cites eye-popping rate hikes as proof the health care law is a “disaster,” rate hikes haven’t yet emerged as a major campaign issue in most Senate races — although several Republicans said they plan to spotlight the issue in the fall.

In Indiana, where Indianapolis-based Insurance giant Anthem wants to raise Obamacare premiums by as much as 36 percent, Rep. Todd Young, the Republican candidate for Indiana’s open seat, is already making the rate hikes an issue against former Sen. Evan Bayh his Democratic challenger. Bayh voted for Obamacare but didn’t run for reelection in 2010.

But it is not just battleground states, its all states that these ridiculous double digit insurance rate increases are coming with is the underlying dirty little secret of the 2016 elections. Americans awake to the real truth of Obamacare, its not affordable and not sustainable. Wow, who was saying that 7 years ago?

 In Vermont, the proposed 2017 premium increase for the average silver plan that covers a 50-year-old, nonsmoking male is a whopping 44 percent, going up to $685 per month, Avalere said.

The proposed price hike for a similar man and plan in Oregon, however, is 22 percent, up to $540 per month, Avalere said.

Other double-digit price hikes for that kind of plan are proposed in Virginia (19 percent), Maine (18 percent) and Maryland (18 percent).

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  • Comments

    4 Responses to “How Obamacare Rate Increases Could Affect the 2016 Elections for President, Senate and House”

    1. A Texas Grandfather on August 26th, 2016 11:58 am

      This is a prime example of a “Progressive/Socialist”
      agenda. The federal government no longer abides by the Constitution. This includes every branch and the multitude of agencies created by Congress and the executive branch.

      Hillary is campaigning with a published Progressive platform. The word progressive has been stolen as a code word for socialism to make socialism more palatable to the electorate.

      This is the key election that will determine if the United States survives as a nation under the rule of law as set-out under the Constitution. The election of Hillary Clinton will guarantee the demise of our nation.

    2. kashekamon on August 26th, 2016 1:09 pm

      Trump had better jump on this big time!

      Obamacare has been a disaster and deceptive from the beginning. It was a con job from the get go and deviously forced upon us. Hillary supports this elimination of our right to maintain health care without government control. It sucks! It’s the pay or you will die program!

    3. kashekamon on August 26th, 2016 1:53 pm

      People will end up with having no healthcare due to the cost and then on top of that the government will punish and fine you for not being able to afford it. It’s a communist I will own and control you. So what if you die from lack of care, as Hillary would say “What difference does it make”.

    4. caribbean on August 28th, 2016 8:52 pm

      The collapse of Obama Care was the plan from day 1. Then the AHoles will say they tried it and it doesn’t work. Next step is to force everyone on to government controlled healthcare and tax you for it. Poor care and higher prices. Everything they put their fingers on goes to shit. They should have made the penalty much more costly and enforced it. Then people would have been forced to sign up. When the younger and healthier population failed to enroll you encounter adverse selection which necessitates increasing prices. Any idiot could have foreseen this.

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