People planning to use the Obamacare exchanges to purchase health insurance will have to wait until after Election Day to find out how much premiums have risen, according to the Washington Times.
Now I wonder why that’s happening?
According to the Times:
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.
Even so, price hikes may not be as bad as some thought, and the increases in those three states may be outliers. Bad luck, Democrats. PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute reported Oct. 3 an average premium increase of 5.9 percent.
Still the late enrollment was planned long ago, presumably with the thought in mind of preventing people from voting their reaction.