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Hillary Clinton’s California Obamacare Problem

With the California primary less than a week away the last thing Hillary Clinton needed was more bad Obamacare news in the Golden State. After all, Clinton has completely owned Obamacare during this primary, part of her effort to draw even closer with President Obama.

Unfortunately for Clinton’s hopes in California she did not get her wish, as UnitedHealth, the biggest health insurer in the United States, announced they were leaving the California Obamacare exchange after this year. This move would leave 1,200 Californians without the health coverage they currently have:

“Tuesday, California officiae became the latest to say UnitedHealth was leaving, when a spokesman for the Covered California exchange confirmed that the insurer wouldn’t participate in 2017. UnitedHealth had about 1,200 Covered California enrollees, the spokesman said.”

For UnitedHealth, the flaws inherent in Obamacare’s design, something Clinton has praised, has made sustaining itself in California impossible:

“’The smaller overall market size and shorter term, higher-risk profile within this market segment continue to suggest we cannot broadly serve it on an effective and sustained basis,’ Hemsley said in a conference call with investors in April.”

UnitedHealth’s move also makes it more likely that existing California Obamacare customers will face higher premiums in the future:

“Now critics of the Affordable Care Act are sure to seize on UnitedHealth’s exit from a high-profile state as further evidence the health-law insurance exchanges aren’t sustainable financially and that premiums will rise even higher for consumers.”

The consequences of Obamacare have been consumers with less choice, higher premiums, and the loss of coverage they’ve come to rely. Now California voters have just been presented with yet another in a long line of examples of Obamacare failing. It’s not hard to see them taking that frustration out on one of Obamacare’s biggest supporters, Hillary Clinton on June 7th.