A new report from Health and Human Services (HHS) suggested Obamacare premiums have more than doubled over four years. That report may impact key Senate races.
Premiums are up 105 percent over the past four years under Obamacare, according to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Tuesday.
HHS reported that the “[a]verage monthly premiums” for an individual plan in states on HealthCare.gov “increased from $224 in 2013 to $476 in 2017.” A majority of U.S. states (39) use HealthCare.gov, rather than a state based exchange (SBE).
The key finding from HHS?
For these 39 states … the average monthly premiums purchased in the individual market in 2013 and the 2017 average monthly exchange plan premium, showing a $244 and 105% increase. The median state percent increase was 108%.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) jumped on the report, with Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel saying “it is no surprise Obamacare is in a death spiral.” McDaniel added that “Democrats have saddled Americans with a healthcare system that has failed people all across our country.”
Dive deeper into the data and several state increases may have an impact on competitive 2018 Senate races.
Senators who voted for Obamacare in the Senate (6):
- Bill Nelson (D-FL): Average monthly premiums are up 84 percent in Florida, from $240 in 2013 to $442 in 2017.
- Claire McCaskill (D-MO): Average monthly premiums are up 145 percent in Missouri, from $197 in 2013 to $483 in 2017.
- Debbie Stabenow (D-MI): Average monthly premiums are up 90 percent in Michigan, from $212 in 2013 to $402 in 2017.
- Jon Tester (D-MT): Average monthly premiums are up 133 percent in Montana, from $249 in 2013 to $581 in 2017.
- Sherrod Brown (D-OH): Average monthly premiums are up 86 percent in Ohio, from $222 in 2013 to $413 in 2017.
- Bob Casey (D-PA): Average monthly premiums are up 120 percent in Pennsylvania, from $242 in 2013 to $533 in 2017.
Senators who voted for Obamacare in the House (2):
- Joe Donnelly (D-IN): Average monthly premiums are up 74 percent in Indiana, from $242 in 2013 to $420 in 2017.
- Tammy Baldwin (D-WI): Average monthly premiums are up 93 percent in Wisconsin, from $266 in 2013 to $514 in 2017.
Senators who have defended Obamacare (3):
- Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND): Heitkamp defended Obamacare in ads during her first Senate race. Average monthly premiums are up 44 percent in North Dakota, from $278 in 2013 to $399 in 2017.
- Tim Kaine (D-VA): Kaine compared Obamacare repeal to rushing over a cliff in January. Average monthly premiums are up 77 percent in Virginia, from $229 in 2013 to $405 in 2017.
- Joe Manchin (D-WV): Manchin blasted GOP efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare earlier this month. Average monthly premiums are up 169 percent in West Virginia, from $261 in 2013 to $702 in 2017.
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