White House Won’t Reveal 2015 Obamacare Rates Until After Elections

Most transparent Administration in history won’t let Healthcare.gov reveal 2015 Obamacare rates until after voting in November.

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Just how bad will the health insurance rates get in 2015? So bad that the Obama Administration is not going to tell you until November 15.

The Washington Times reports, “Obamacare website won’t reveal insurance costs for 2015 until after election.”

Enrollment on the Healthcare.gov website begins Nov. 15, or 11 days after the midterm vote, and critics who worry about rising premium hikes in 2015 say that’s no coincidence. Last year’s inaugural enrollment period on the health-care exchange began Oct. 1.

“This is more than just a glitch,” said Tim Phillips, president of free-market Americans for Prosperity, in a Friday statement. “The administration’s decision to withhold the costs of this law until after Election Day is just more proof that Obamacare is a bad deal for Americans.”

Robert Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, said in a Monday column in USA Today that “when it comes to a lack of openness and transparency about Obamacare, this administration has no peer.”

Even so, details about cost increases are trickling out in states with pivotal Senate contests: Alaska, Iowa and Louisiana. All three states are wrestling with double-digit premium hikes from some state insurance companies on the exchange, which has fueled another round of Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act.

Rates in Alaska will rise between 35 to 40 percent. Supposedly, many Alaskans will not feel the blow due to subsidies.

(So does this mean that Insurance companies never have to worry about consumers rejecting their prices? It would seem that the availability of subsidies is going to encourage rapid price increases. What a gift to the insurance industry!).

[See also, “Obamacare: Another Year of Rising Prices Ahead of Us.”]

Rates in Iowa will go up between 11 percent and nineteen percent.

Documents filed with the Louisiana Department of Insurance show some insurers are anticipating double-digit rate hikes, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Mr. Cassidy, who’s a doctor, issued a statement Thursday calling the higher premiums “another hurdle for families and businesses already struggling under the demands of Obamacare.”

Premiums have gone up by 53 percent for the average Louisiana policyholder and many of these policies will again see double-digit increases,” Mr. Cassidy said. “It’s unfair to Louisianans who have to balance their budgets and their businesses.”

It is unfair to everyone. This is a horrible, agony-inflicting government boondoggle that needs to be erased from the backs of the American people. May the Democrats who (exclusively!) bound this to our backs suffer the poverty they have inflicted on others.

And may they lose big in November despite their games of secrecy.