Obamacare Premiums Will Be Way Higher Next Year They Didn’t Have To Be

Image result for obamacare + trump The messy health insurance exchange market was starting to settle down before Trump came along.

If you buy your own health insurance, gird yourself for another round of big premium increases next year.

Health insurance companies have begun submitting requests for rate hikes to state regulators in a handful of states, and it’s not looking pretty based on information that Maryland, Virginia, Oregon and Vermont have already made public. Double-digit premium increases again appear to be on the horizon for many consumers.

And according to what these insurers are telling states, those rate hikes wouldn’t be nearly as big if not for actions President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress have taken.

The biggest change was the repeal of the financial penalty for people who don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. Although the mandate may have been less effective than the health law’s authors expected, insurers are nervous that taking away that incentive to get covered will result in fewer healthy customers, meaning less revenue to cover the costs of the sicker people who will remain in the market. That alone will account for 10 percent premium increases overall, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

In addition, the Trump administration is working to relax federal regulations to permit insurance companies to offer policies that don’t abide by the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions and offer skimpier benefits. Insurers are concerned that healthy people will flock to these cheaper products, weakening the precarious balance between healthy and sick people in the exchange markets.

In the absence of efforts to undermine the market, we would be seeing a period of relatively small premium increases.Cynthia Cox, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The combined result of these actions will be much higher health insurance costs in 2019. On average, the new policies Trump and Congress have enacted will add $1,013 to unsubsidized annual premiums next year, an increase of 16.4 percent above what rates would have been, according to an analysis published Frid

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Trump FBI embedding spy in 2016 campaign would be all time biggest political scandal if true

President Trump said Friday that reports the FBI embedded a spy in his 2016 presidential campaign may be true, and said such a revelation would be the “all time biggest political scandal.”

“Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president. It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a ‘hot’ Fake News story. If true - all time biggest political scandal!” Trump tweeted.

The president seemed to be referencing a column from National Review’s Andrew McCarthy, which discussed Senate testimony from Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson about the FBI having a “human source” inside the Trump campaign.

Simpson told the Senate Judiciary Committee in August 2017 that Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer who was behind the Trump dossier, told him the FBI had an informant embedded in the campaign. According to McCarthy’s column, Simpson retracted his statement and said he mischaracterized what Steele told him.

Trump made the reference to the alleged FBI informant in a tweet Thursday, which marked the one-year anniversary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment to oversee the Russia probe.

In a tweet from earlier Friday, the president said the allegation that the Justice Department had a “spy” embedded in the Trump campaign was “really bad stuff.”

“’Apparently the DOJ put a Spy in the Trump Campaign. This has never been done before and by any means necessary, they are out to frame Donald Trump for crimes he didn’t commit.” David Asman @LouDobbs @GreggJarrett Really bad stuff!’” Trump tweeted earlier Friday morning, tagging Fox Business anchors Lou Dobbs and David Asman, and Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett.



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Its not about John McCain dying its about getting Trump to submit to the media

In their attempts to show you how much they love him, the media can almost make you hate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank said in his weekend column that he recently wandered around Sedona “for hours” thinking about McCain.

“As I write this, there are tears on my cheeks,” wrote Milbank, because nothing is real in the media unless an adult man is crying in public.

The New York Times opinion page on Tuesday ran the headline, “Maybe We Don’t Deserve John McCain.”

The national media’s infatuation with McCain goes back decades (other than a brief stall in 2008 for some reason) but it’s especially foamy now – not because he has brain cancer, but because someone in the Trump White House, who no one had ever heard of until last week, made an unfunny joke in private about McCain dying.

The story first broke on May 10 and cable news hasn’t stopped talking about it since.

Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” a show the serves no other purpose than to get the president to tweet about its hosts so they can pretend to be victims, Joe Scarborough said Trump should publicly apologize for the comment – a comment which happened during a meeting he wasn’t even present at, and which, again, was supposed to be private.

“Mr. President, you should apologize for your staff member saying that,” said Scarborough. “You are responsible. The buck stops with you.”

The comment about McCain was made by Kelly Sadler, who is said to be in charge of writing talking points for Trump supporters who go on TV.

“It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway,” Sadler reportedly said, in reference to McCain’s opposition to Gina Haspel, Trump’s nominee for CIA director. (McCain likely won't be present for any Senate votes on Haspel, as he undergoes cancer treatment in Arizona.)

Given Sadler’s role writing memos for TV shows, which is no doubt of utmost importance to national security and deserving of our watchdog media’s undivided attention, reporters and pundit

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