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Will Anthem’s O’Care Pullout Put Pressure on Baldwin, Donnelly, and Brown?

Anthem has effectively pulled out of Obamacare markets in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio over the past three weeks. Will vulnerable Democratic senators work on Obamacare fixes?

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Since the beginning of June, Anthem has announced it will almost completely leave Obamacare markets in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio, leaving consumers in those three states with less options to get covered.

All three states have Democratic senators who are up for re-election in 2018. All three senators are also vulnerable, in part because Donald Trump won these three states in 2016. Will they work with the majority on Obamacare fixes?


Anthem announced on Wednesday that it’s leaving Obamacare markets in almost all counties in Wisconsin and Indiana in 2018. The insurer also announced in June that it’s “effectively exit[ing] its Obamacare individual plan business in Ohio.”

This is on top of news, from May, that premiums in the individual market in all three states have skyrocketed since 2013: 93 percent in Wisconsin, 74 percent in Indiana, and 86 percent in Ohio.


Despite rising costs for consumers and fewer choices, vulnerable Democratic senators from these three states have shown little interest so far in working with majority Republicans on Obamacare fixes.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has blasted the American Health Care Act (AHCA), but is mostly silent on Obamacare fixes. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) fundraised off Obamacare on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) called Senate Republicans’ Obamacare repeal efforts “a bunch of privileged members of Congress … find[ing] a way to take insurance from a lot of families.”

Senate Republicans seem set to finally reveal their Obamacare repeal bill on Thursday. No matter what’s in it, though, it seems like Baldwin, Donnelly, and Brown will be ‘no’ votes.