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How High Will Your Health Insurance Premiums Go In 2015?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Nobody knows because Team Obama has conveniently arranged for you to be kept in the dark on your health insurance costs until after everyone votes next week.

Most are expecting 5% to 10% hikes, but there are rumblings of far nastier surprises.

Read this Denver Post report of a Colorado study of expected rates for individuals on the state’s massively screwed-up exchange. (Not a failed exchange, like Oregon’s or Maryland’s, just a screwed-up exchange.)  It begins:

Colorado health-insurance consumers relying on tax credits will see their share of premiums rise an average of 77 percent next year if they keep the same plans, according to the state’s preliminary analysis.

While premiums overall are not expected to increase significantly in 2015, the way tax credits are calculated under the Affordable Care Act is creating challenges for Colorado consumers.

According to an analysis done for the Colorado Division of Insurance, the average share of costs for customers receiving tax credits in 2014 was $161.79 a month. In 2015, if they keep the same plans, their average share of costs after tax credits will be $281.01.

You’ve got to love that “[w]hile premiums overall are not expected to increase significantly in 2015″ assurance, followed by the hammer of the rarity of radically decreasing tax credits.

The bottom line is that the total cost while skyrocket for Centennial State consumers buying individual policies if they keep “the plan they like.”

Of course most voters won’t figure this out until after the elections, but the signs are there.  Here’s the start of a story from CBS Minnesota:

Minnesotans who bought policies on the state’s health insurance exchange are starting to get their first renewal notices, and many could be in for a jolt.

Premiums for most of the more than 55,000 individuals signed up for private insurance plans via MNsure are going up. For the nearly 33,000 who have coverage from PreferredOne, most who want to keep those policies next year will have to pay over 60 percent more, according to officials with the Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters who’ve seen the company’s rate data.

A 60% hike!  How would such news impact voters weighing the choice between Al Franken and Mike McFadden –if they knew about it.

Thus has the manipulation of Obamacare’s rollout be designed to keep voters from feeling the full impact of the disruptions caused by Obamacare, but like the boat hitting the first patch of rough water, heads are raised and eyebrows furrowed as bits and pieces of information cross the country’s collective screen, even as it s mostly watching the Ebola and ISIS stories.  Many suspect that something is rotten in Obamacare, and it isn’t just the state exchanges.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll is a disaster for Democrats rounding the bend into elections a week away, so they are desperate to talk about anything except the cost of health insurance, the economy, Ebola, ISIS, the collapse of Libya into chaos, Russia’s assaults on Ukraine…you name it, Democrats don’t want to go there.

They are left with…nothing.  Worse than nothing, as they hope voters aren’t reading and watching the signs of how their individual wallets will handle 2015.

Not the place they wanted to be a week before the results are tallied, and for this they have President Obama to thank.  He’s on the ballot, right there with every Democrat.  And an angry country cannot wait to send the disconnected, dispirited president a very loud message.

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If The Week Just Past Didn’t Rouse The President, Will An Enormous Election Smack Down?

Sunday, October 26, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My Monday Washington Examiner asks whether a massive loss on November 4 would wake the president from his leadership slumber?

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Ebola In NYC, And Possibly A Jihadi Too: The Backdrop For Early Voting

Friday, October 24, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Hard to keep an eye on early vote counts when Ebola arrives in the Big Apple, and a hatchet-wielding, police-attacking Queens man may indeed be the latest ISIS-inspired terrorist.

That is the backdrop of the campaign’s final stretch and it cannot be helping Democrats that a generalized anxiety about world driven by the virus and ISIS and a very specific set of incompetencies of President Obama and his administration –from the IRS to the Secret Service to the VA and now to the CDC– are framing the choice before the electorate, and not to the advantage of Democrats across the country.

On Thursday night in Mesa, I worked a rally for Doug Ducey, the Arizona GOP nominee for governor, an event headlined by Mitt Romney.  Both Ducey and Romney spoke about the need for job creation and education reform, but as the affable, completely competent and in-command Romney spoke for about 15 minutes to the packed convention center, you could see on everyone’s faces –I was on stage in the back row looking out past the governor– the collective thought cloud forming over the voters: “What did this country do two years ago? How badly did we screw up?”

Those questions help a hyper-competent Ducey as well as every GOP candidate with real credentials, like the combat experience of veterans Tom Cotton in Arkansas, Joni Ernst in Iowa, and Dan Sullivan in Alaska.  It helps to be a doctor, like Bill Cassidy in Louisiana, a very successful businessman like David Perdue in Georgia, or the real deal fifth-generation Coloradan like Cory Gardner versus the self-admittedly “a little brain dead” Mark Udall who has run what the Denver Post termed a campaign that insulted Centennial State voters, or Alaska’s mark Begich who saw and raised Udall’s epic blunder with a statement yesterday that sets the new bar for idiotic utterances.

“I did (vote for Obama), but that’s irrelevant,” Begich told the Washington Examiner. “The president’s not relevant. He’s gone in two years.”  Great news for the military man or woman in Alaska that their sitting (but not for long) senator thinks that the Commander-in-Chief isn’t relevant.  Seems Begich shares the opinion of the mullahs in Iran.  (HT: Scott Johnson of Powerline and Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon.)  And Jeanne Shaheen is so spooked by her tumbles in the polls and the anchor around her neck named Barack that she’s taking to throwing credential reporters from her campaign events.  Scott Brown’s momentum must be very strong indeed.  So must be Thom Tillis’ as Kay Hagan flees the press at every turn as details of her family’s “Stimulus” ties tumble into public view.

The next 11 days will be full of tracing the NYC doctor’s contacts, revisiting the insane visa policy and wondering where the next jihadi will surface.  The public rightly asks: What’s all this got to do with President Obama and his Democratic allies?  It isn’t the question Democrats wanted to frame this midterm, but as the president himself has said repeatedly: he and his policies are on the ballot wherever a “D” appears next to a name.  Vote accordingly.

 

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