One of the architects of Obamacare Ezekiel Emanuel was interviewed by Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly about the state of the law now, compared with the grandiose promises of the law’s proponents before it was enacted. Emanuel said that Obamacare’s current problems are Republicans’ fault, and he specifically mentioned Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
He said that premiums actually haven’t gone up across the board. He explained:
“They don’t raise premiums across the board. Some have gone up higher than others, but… the premium hikes are because they came in, they did recalibrate the market. They were trying to get market share, and it is a correction. It is a problem that we do need to address. But it is not across the board. On average, we do not have higher than 15% increases in premiums. And it is going to be a one time increase.”
And who is to blame for these no-higher-than-15% premium increases? Why, Republicans of course:
“Republicans bear some of the responsibility for this. Remember, Marco Rubio eliminated some of the risk adjustment that actually buffered and helped the insurance companies in this situation. He took it out of the budget. And that is a serious problem… There is not plenty of blame [to go around], it is Republicans.
“One of the things we built into the law was various ways of providing risk corridors and risk adjustment, so insurers would be protected against getting too many sick people, which is the heart of the problem. Marco Rubio, in the senate, took that away and destabilized the market. When I told you two years ago it was going to be a stable market, those risk protections were in place. And the Republicans took it away… Republicans bear a major responsibility!”
The one way in which Republicans bear much of the responsibility for Obamacare’s failures is in not voting for the repeal of the law itself.