The news from the Obama administration that Obamacare premiums will increase 25 percent in 2017 isn’t sitting well with the mainstream media.
AMY ROBACH: Get ready for some sticker shock if you’re looking into the price of Obamacare plans. The average premiums are expected to rise by 25 percent next year.
NORAH O’DONNELL: We need a bigger understanding of why this is happening.
CHARLIE ROSE: We sure do.
O’DONNELL: Because the idea was not only to spread coverage around, but that by spreading the coverage around, not only would it help people get more preventative care, but then it would ultimately bring the costs down and instead, the premiums are skyrocketing.
ROSE: And so the question is, what happened?
KASIE HUNT: It’s a real problem both for the Clinton campaign and potentially for Democrats heading into what’s going to be the first year of a new administration, a new Congress. This is exactly what Republicans were warning about when they opposed this law. …And the people that are paying the price are those who are on these plans that are going up 25 percent increases every year and, quite frankly, I think the Democrats are going to have to answer for some of that when it comes time to actually try and reckon with changing it. Of course, the demands for changing it are going to come from the bottom up, from voters who are feeling kind of the pain of this.
Donald Trump argued the real percent increase is way more than 25 percent.
TRUMP: But Obamacare’s just blowing up. And even the White House, our president, announced 25 or 26 percent. That number is so wrong. That is such a phony number. You’re talking about 60, 70, 80 percent in increases, not 25 percent. And I think what he wanted to do, because it was blowing up all over the country, the numbers came out in Texas where it’s 60 percent increases and other places, other states. One state’s going to be 92 percent, I understand. So I think they wanted to put out — pretty sad when you put out a 25 or 26 percent increase, and that’s supposed to be to keep it down. Obamacare has to be repealed and replaced, and it has to be replaced with something much less expensive for the people and otherwise this country’s in even bigger trouble than anybody thought.