Insurer Exits Bolster GOP Case For ObamaCare Repeal

The departure of insurers from ObamaCare is emboldening Republicans, helping them make the case to the public and to each other that the time has come to repeal the law.

In recent weeks, insurers in many states have grown skittish about offering ObamaCare plans in 2018, raising the possibility that large swaths of the country will be left without a coverage option on their exchanges next year.

Insurers are blaming the Trump administration for their proposed premium increases and their reluctance to offer plans. They say White House officials are wreaking havoc on the market by refusing to state whether they will continue to make cost-sharing payments meant to offset the cost of enrolling lower-
income enrollees. 

Amid the blame game, bad headlines for ObamaCare have been piling up.

“For the past four to five years, ObamaCare has had bad approval ratings,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. Now that the law has become popular, members are searching for a way to jolt their fellow Republicans into action.

“A lot of Republicans want to deliver,” but they want to make sure the public is on their side, O’Connell said.

Read more from Nathaniel Weixel at The Hill

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