May 16, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Swing State Obamacare Problem

Throughout the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton has owned Obamacare. While Obamacare is still unpopular, Clinton has gone as far as claiming credit for its existence:

“‘You know, before it was called Obamacare it was called Hillarycare,’ Clinton said recently at a rally in Elko, Nev.”

She’s also gone “all in” defending Obamacare against Bernie Sanders’ criticism:

“Instead, Clinton has gone all in with Obamacare, embracing the controversial health law and promising to defend and expand it. ‘I am a staunch supporter of President Obama’s principal accomplishment, namely the Affordable Care Act,’ she said in a debate in Milwaukee on Feb. 11.”

Yet as heath insurance companies prepare to submit their rate increases for 2017, one thing has become readily apparent: Obamacare is crushing the middle class.

And while that fact is true across the United States, in many swing states that pain is being felt most acutely. Clinton needed to embrace Obama and his health care legacy to get past Bernie Sanders, but as these proposed state increases show, Obamacare will be an anchor around Clinton’s candidacy in the general election:

IOWA: “Tens of thousands of Iowans who buy their own health insurance are about to receive a shock in the mail. Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield is sending letters this week telling about 30,000 customers it plans to raise their premiums by 38 percent to 43 percent next year.”

NEW HAMPSHIRE: “Minuteman Health, the lowest-cost and second-biggest participant on New Hampshire’s ObamaCare exchange, warned last week that it’s requesting a 45.2% premium hike for 2017.”

VIRGINIA: “Next year, the combination of a sicker-than-expected insured group and the end of a temporary ObamaCare program to offset the cost of the sickest patients will send premiums soaring in Virginia, the first state where 2017 rate filings have been made public. …the average rate hike that state insurers requested: 17.8%, as calculated by, which tracks ObamaCare enrollment.”

FLORIDA: “Fifteen health insurers want an average 17.7 percent increase in premiums for Affordable Care Act individual plans, Florida officials said Thursday — higher than last year’s approved average of less than 10 percent.”