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(Obamacare) Premium hike drumbeat before November Election Day
The Hill ^ | May 22, 2014 | Elise Viebeck 
and Pierre de Dreuzy

Posted on 05/22/2014 5:39:08 AM PDT by maggief

States are nailing down dates to release 2015 premium costs under ObamaCare, and their decisions will guarantee a drumbeat of news about rate hikes all the way to the November midterm elections.

Democrats are bracing for grim headlines that could put the unpopular law back at the forefront of voters’ minds.

Premiums are expected to go up in a majority of states, as they do every year, but the size of the increases could go a long way toward determining how much political damage Obama-Care inflicts on vulnerable Democratic lawmakers. A survey by The Hill of state insurance commissioners found that news about ObamaCare premiums will hit nearly every week this summer, providing ample opportunity for Republicans to attack any significant premium hikes.

A slew of states will publish proposed prices in June, including Colorado and Louisiana — where the GOP is targeting Democratic Senate incumbents.

Others will wait until later in the season, including West Virginia and Arkansas. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) voted for the Affordable Care Act in 2010, a fact that his opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), has repeatedly raised.

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), a top GOP target, will see her state publish rates on Aug. 15 or later.

Health rates on the individual and small-group markets usually attract little to no attention from the political press. This year will be different.

Control of the Senate is within the GOP’s reach in 2014, and a resurgence of bad news about ObamaCare could boost Republican chances.

“That has the potential to be a very powerful weapon for the GOP in the midterms,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: insurersbailout; obamacare; obamacareinsurers; obamacarepremiums; obamacarepricehike; obamacareprices; obamacareratehike; obamacarestates; obamacarestateslist

The following is a list of responses from states on when they plan to release insurance premium rates. Dates are subject to change. Sixteen states did not respond or did not specify a date.



Montana (May 27 or later)

Maine (May 30)

Connecticut (May 31)

Ohio (by May 31)



Rhode Island

Kansas (June 1 and available via records request)

North Dakota (June 6)

Michigan (June 9)

Delaware (June 13)

South Dakota (June 15)

Louisiana (June 27)


Florida (end of the month, or early August)


Nevada (Aug. 1)

Nebraska (mid-month)

Wisconsin (late in the month)

Massachusetts (Aug. 15)

North Carolina (no earlier than Aug. 15)



West Virginia (available via records request)

Arkansas (Sept. 10)


New Jersey (Nov. 15)

January 2015

New Hampshire (Jan. 1)

Will not release rates





No response, or no month given









New Mexico

New York




South Carolina

Texas (will release rates that rise by more than 10 percent via public records request, no month or date given)


Already released, in full or in part







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1 posted on 05/22/2014 5:39:08 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

More important is when (if) we get the numbers on the lapse rate of those who “signed up” for Obamacare, and either never paid a premium, or paid one or two and then stopped..

2 posted on 05/22/2014 5:47:18 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: maggief

I hope the hammer every state with a RAT up for reelection.

15+%. 30% would be better yet.

3 posted on 05/22/2014 5:48:06 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: maggief

But I thought Hussein was paying off the insurance companies with BILLIONS of taxpayer dollars to fend off the massive rate hikes shortly before the Nov elections?

4 posted on 05/22/2014 5:49:55 AM PDT by mowowie
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To: ken5050

Lapse rate

That is the key number

When released it will be devistating

5 posted on 05/22/2014 5:54:21 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: mowowie

What the stupid Rats will never realize is that Hussein cares about no one other than himself...first, last and always.

6 posted on 05/22/2014 5:57:03 AM PDT by Marathoner (What are we waiting for? Where are the Articles of Impeachment?)
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To: maggief

In a few years Americans will get used to these new chains.

7 posted on 05/22/2014 7:14:47 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: maggief

Is an executive order in the works to not release the new rates until December?

8 posted on 05/22/2014 7:26:48 AM PDT by CPOSharky (If a libtards lips are moving...)
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To: CPOSharky

There’s a deal between Obama and the insurance companies to delay rate hikes in exchange for a 80% (taxpayer) bailout for any losses they incur.

9 posted on 05/22/2014 7:28:11 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Marathoner

The elitist rats really don’t care about whether this program succeeds or not as long as they have more power as a result.

“I don’t seek truth, I seek advantage.”

10 posted on 05/22/2014 7:29:14 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: maggief

Rate hike or Obama stealing tax payer money to pay the bill ,should get crazy

11 posted on 05/22/2014 7:54:20 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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