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Sanders Must Explain These ObamaCare Failures Tonight

- February 7, 2017

As Sen. Bernie Sanders Debates Healthcare Tonight, He Must Explain & Defend The Fact That, Under ObamaCare, Costs Are Rising, Choices Are Shrinking, And The American People Want It Gone


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Tonight, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) will debate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on the future of ObamaCare in a CNN debate.
  • Despite Sanders' likely efforts tonight to defend Obamacare or advocate for a greater government role in healthcare, Americans know that the 2010 health care law that brought big government to health care has led to rising premiums, unaffordable deductibles, fewer insurance choices, and higher taxes to pay for skyrocketing costs.
  • With years and years of broken promises from former President Obama, who falsely said that Americans would be able to keep their doctors and their health plans, would see lower costs, and wouldn't see higher taxes, the Democrats have proven they can't be trusted when it comes to health care.
  • Polls have repeatedly shown that a majority of the American people think ObamaCare is failing, has increased costs, and must be repealed.
  • With ObamaCare's failures piling up, even Democrats have started to turn on the law, with Bill Clinton last year calling the law a "crazy system" where people end up with "premiums doubled and coverage cut in half."

Tonight, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) Will Debate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Over The Future Of ObamaCare In A CNN Town Hall At 9 P.M. "CNN has scheduled a primetime debate for Feb. 7 between Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. The two senators, both 2016 presidential primary contenders, will focus on the future of the Affordable Care Act. The 90 minute debate will air at 9 p.m., and will be moderated by Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, with audience members also getting to ask questions." (Alex Weprin, "CNN To Air Debate Between Bernie Sanders And Ted Cruz," Politico , 2/1/17)

Since The Election, Sanders Has Repeatedly Defended Obamacare At Political Events, On The Senate Floor, And In Interviews

Last Month At A Rally In Michigan, Sanders Publicly Defended Obamacare With Senate Democrats. "During the #OurFirstStand rally with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Michigan Democrats Rep. Debbie Dingell and Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, Sanders said the GOP's plan to repeal Obamacare would make millions sicker and cause thousands to die. Sanders, who has called on President-elect Donald Trump to veto any future cuts to the Medicare and Medicaid, defended the programs and asked Trump to tweet that he would keep his campaign promises not to meddle with either." (Mallory Shelbourne, "Sanders, Dems Defend ObamaCare At Michigan Rally," The Hill , 1/15/17)

  • The Hill Headline: "Sanders, Dems Defend Obamacare At Michigan Rally" (Mallory Shelbourne, "Sanders, Dems Defend ObamaCare At Michigan Rally," The Hill , 1/15/17)

Sanders "Led" A "Late-Night Fight" Against An Obamacare Repeal Vote In The Senate. "Senators were bleary-eyed as they walked quickly to the exits, wrapping up the final vote a little before 1:30 a.m. ET. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the top Democrat who led the late-night fight against a repeal, said the protest could be a sign of things to come as the fight stretches on. 'I think it's important for this country to know this was not a usual thing, this is a day which lays the groundwork for 30 million people to be thrown off their health insurance,' Sanders said. 'And if that happens, many of these people will die.'" (MJ Lee, Ted Barrett, and Tom LoBianco, "Senate Opens Obamacare Repeal Drive With Overnight Marathon," CNN , 1/12/17)

During An Interview On MSNBC, Sanders Spoke Out Against Repealing Obamacare. SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT): "And the point that many of us made last night is that doing that, repealing the Affordable Care Act, without having any alternative will be an absolute disaster for working families and the middle-class. What that will mean is that 20 million plus people will lose their health insurance. They will now have the option of privatizing Medicare, making it to a voucher program, devastating cuts in Medicaid, which will impact not only low income families, but middle income families who use Medicaid to pay nursing home care for their parents and, by the way, it will raise the price of prescription drugs for senior citizens." (MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes," 1/12/17)

WHILE SANDERS WILL TRY TO SPIN THE FAILURES OF OBAMACARE, AMERICANS KNOW THAT COSTS ARE RISING AND CHOICES ARE SHRINKING

United Press International Headline: "ObamaCare 2017: Higher Prices, Fewer Choices" (Karen Pallarito, "ObamaCare 2017: Higher Prices, Fewer Choices," United Press International , 10/31/16)

This Year, Premiums Are Rising By More Than 20 Percent For ObamaCare's Low, Mid, And High Tier Plans

Premiums For ObamaCare's Mid-Level "Silver" Plans Are Increasing By An Average Of 25 Percent This Year, Coming On Top Of The 7.5 Percent Increase For 2016. "Premiums for mid-level ObamaCare health plans sold on the federal exchanges will see their biggest jump yet next year, another speed bump in the administration's push for enrollment in the final months of the U.S. president's term. Monthly premiums for benchmark silver-level plans are going up by an average of 25 percent in the 38 states using the federal HealthCare.gov website, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a report today. Last year, premiums for the second-lowest-cost silver plans went up by 7.5 percent on average across 37 states." (Zachary Tracer, "ObamaCare Benchmark Premiums To Rise 25% In Sharpest Jump Yet," Bloomberg , 10/24/16)

Lower Level "Bronze" Plans Are Facing Premium Increases Of 21 Percent This Year. "When compared to average premium nationwide for bronze plans in 2016, HealthPocket found that the average premium for 2017 has risen by 21%." ("Aging Consumers Without Subsidies Hit Hardest By 2017 ObamaCare Premium & Deductible Spikes," HealthPocket , 10/26/16)

Premiums For The Two Highest Level Plans, Gold And Platinum, Are Rising This Year By 22 And 15 Percent Respectively. "HealthPocket found that gold plans will see their premiums rise by an average of 22 percent. Nationally, the average 40-year-old enrolled in a gold plan would pay, before subsidies, $522.45 per month, compared to an average of $428.51 this year for the same type of plan. For platinum plans, premiums are rising by an average of 15 percent in 2017." (Dan Mangan, "ObamaCare Deductibles Are On The Rise For 2017, Along With Monthly Premiums," CNBC , 10/26/16)

According To The Department Of Health And Human Services, As Many As 8.4 Million Americans Will See A Sharp Rise In Premiums This Year. "President Barack Obama said 'a handful of people' would take a hit from hefty health-insurance premium increases due to kick in next year, and that all of those people had previously been uninsured, in remarks that downplayed problems with his signature health law as it takes on greater prominence in the final days before the election. Data from the Department of Health and Human Services puts that handful as high as 8.4 million - between almost seven million people who buy coverage directly from insurers, and another 1.5 million who use HealthCare.gov or a state equivalent but don't meet income criteria for a tax credit. Others say the handful may be even higher." (Louise Radnofsky, "Obama Plays Down Impact Of Health-Care Premium Increases," The Wall Street Journal , 11/3/16)

Deductibles Are Rising, Meaning Consumers Have To Pay More Before Their Insurance Even Kicks In

Individual Deductibles For Bronze Level ObamaCare Plans This Year "Will Average More Than $6,000." "Those cheap ObamaCare plans are getting even more expensive. Deductibles for individuals enrolled in the lowest-priced ObamaCare health plans will average more than $6,000 in 2017, the first time that threshold has been cracked in the three years that Affordable Care Act marketplaces have been in business, a new analysis finds. Families enrolled in bronze plans will have average deductibles of $12,393, according to the study by the consumer insurance comparison site HealthPocket. A deductible is the amount of money someone must personally pay out of pocket for health services before insurance covers the remaining cost." (Dan Mangan, "ObamaCare Deductibles Are On The Rise For 2017, Along With Monthly Premiums," CNBC , 10/26/16)

  • "For Families Enrolled In Bronze Plans, The Average Deductible Is Over $12,000 In 2017." ("Aging Consumers Without Subsidies Hit Hardest By 2017 ObamaCare Premium & Deductible Spikes," HealthPocket , 10/26/16)

Deductibles For Silver Level Plans For An Individual Will Average More Than $3,500 This Year, A 15 Percent Increase From 2016. "And deductibles for the second-least-expensive types of plans, silver plans, will average $3,572 for individuals next year, about 15 percent more than this year's average deductible for silver plans, the study found." (Dan Mangan, "ObamaCare Deductibles Are On The Rise For 2017, Along With Monthly Premiums," CNBC , 10/26/16)

Americans Purchasing Insurance Through ObamaCare Have Fewer Choices In 2017, With Nearly One In Five Having Only One Insurer From Which To Choose

According To The McKinsey Center For U.S. Health System Reform, 17 Percent Of Americans Eligible For Coverage Through ObamaCare Only Have One Insurer To Choose From This Year. "So much for choice. In many parts of the country, ObamaCare customers will be down to one insurer when they go to sign up for coverage next year on the public exchanges. A central tenet of the federal health law was to offer a range of affordable health plans through competition among private insurers. But a wave of insurer failures and the recent decision by several of the largest companies, including Aetna, to exit markets are leaving large portions of the country with functional monopolies for next year. According to an analysis done for The Upshot by the McKinsey Center for U.S. Health System Reform, 17 percent of Americans eligible for an Affordable Care Act plan may have only one insurer to choose next year." (Reed Abelson and Margot Sanger-Katz, "ObamaCare Options? In Many Parts Of Country, Only One Insurer Will Remain," The New York Times ' The Upshot , 8/19/16)

Because Health Insurers Are Leaving The ObamaCare Exchanges, "At Least 1.4 Million People In 32 States" Will Have To Find A New Health Plan This Year. "A growing number of people in ObamaCare are finding out their health insurance plans will disappear from the program next year, forcing them to find new coverage even as options shrink and prices rise. At least 1.4 million people in 32 states will lose the ObamaCare plan they have now, according to state officials contacted by Bloomberg. That's largely caused by Aetna Inc., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and some state or regional insurers quitting the law's markets for individual coverage." (Zachary Tracer, Tatiana Darie, and Katherine Doherty, "More Than 1 Million To Lose ObamaCare Plans As Insurers Quit," Bloomberg , 10/14/16)

Consumers Are Facing Fewer Choices Because Insurers Have Pulled Out Of ObamaCare's Exchanges

Consumers Are Facing "Fewer Choices In 2017" Because "Major Insurers Pulled Out Of Many" ObamaCare Marketplaces. "Many consumers have fewer choices in 2017 because several major insurers pulled out of many Affordable Care Act marketplaces. UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest insurer, is exiting ObamaCare in 16 states. Other ObamaCare dropouts include Aetna Inc., Humana, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in Tennessee and Nebraska." (Karen Pallarito, "ObamaCare 2017: Higher Prices, Fewer Choices," United Press International , 10/31/16)

Insurers Are Leaving The Marketplaces Because "They've Been Losing Money And Would Need To Charge Much Higher Premiums To Get Out Of The Red." "What's more, for the most part, insurers are leaving ObamaCare marketplaces because they say they've been losing money and would need to charge much higher premiums to get out of the red. And jacking up premiums is exactly what the insurance companies that will soon have monopolies in Affordable Care Act marketplaces appear primed to do. ObamaCare customers in many states have been told to expect sharp increases in premiums next year, sometimes with jumps ranging from 25% to 40%." (Brad Tuttle, "At Least 1.4 Million Americans Are About To Lose their ObamaCare Health Plans," Money , 10/14/16)

In The Fall Of 2016, Only 7 Of The 23 ObamaCare Co-Ops, "Smaller, State Based Nonprofit Insurers" Set Up Under The Law, Were Still In Business. "Around the same time, several of the co-ops-a series of smaller, state-based nonprofit insurers set up using government-backed loans under the law-announced that they would be closing up shop at the end of 2016. Most of the co-ops had struggled from the outset; by the fall of 2016, just seven of the 23 created under the law remained open for business. They too cited operating losses and a sicker-than-expected population." (Peter Suderman, "Democrats Defect From ObamaCare," Reason , 2/17)

Taxpayers Are Paying Billions For Skyrocketing Premium Subsidies

A Study From The Center For Health And Economy Estimated That In 2017 Taxpayers Will Pay $42.6 Billion To Cover ObamaCare's Premium Subsidies. "The study estimates that the cost of premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will increase by $9.8 billion next year, rising from $32.8 billion currently to $42.6 billion. The average monthly subsidy will increase by $76, or 26 percent, from $291 currently to $367 in 2017." (Richard Alonso-Zaldivar, "Study: Premium Hikes Add $10B To Taxpayers' Health Law Tab," The Associated Press , 12/15/16)

  • That Amount Is A $10 Billion Increase From 2016, Necessary "To Cover Double-Digit Premium Hikes For Subsidized Health Insurance" Under ObamaCare. "Taxpayers will fork over nearly $10 billion more next year to cover double-digit premium hikes for subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to a study being released Thursday. The analysis from the Center for Health and Economy comes as the Republican-led Congress is preparing to repeal 'ObamaCare' and replace it with a GOP alternative whose details have yet to be worked out." (Richard Alonso-Zaldivar, "Study: Premium Hikes Add $10B To Taxpayers' Health Law Tab," The Associated Press , 12/15/16)

Premiums Have Spiked Because Of "Lower-Than-Projected Enrollment," "People Gaming The System," And "A Premium Stabilization System That Has Not Worked As Intended." "Insurers say the spike in premiums is due to lower-than-projected enrollment, patients who turned out to be sicker than expected, people gaming the system to get coverage only when they need medical care, and a premium stabilization system that has not worked as intended." (Richard Alonso-Zaldivar, "Study: Premium Hikes Add $10B To Taxpayers' Health Law Tab," The Associated Press , 12/15/16)

Actual Enrollment In ObamaCare Has Missed Initial Estimates By Millions Of People, With 400,000 Fewer People Signing Up In 2017 Than Last Year

During The Recent 2017 Open Enrollment Period, 400,000 Fewer People Signed Up For ObamaCare Plans Through Healthcare.Gov Than Did In 2016. "The Trump administration late Friday blasted ObamaCare as a failure after releasing final enrollment numbers for the federal health insurance exchange that were lower than the sign-up tally for 2016's open enrollment season. A total of 9.2 million Americans signed up for plans sold on HealthCare.gov, which serves 39 states, by the close of open enrollment on Tuesday, officials said. That's about 400,000 people fewer than had signed up last year." (Dan Mangan, "ObamaCare Enrollment Drops In Fact Of Trump Repeal Effort: More Than 9 Million People Signed Up On Federal Exchange," CNBC , 2/3/17)

  • When ObamaCare Was Passed In 2010, The Initial Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Projections Said That 23 Million People Would Be Enrolled In Insurance Through The Exchanges By 2017. (Douglas W. Elmendorf, Letter To House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , 3/20/10)

ObamaCare Enrollment Has "Come In Far Below Initial Projections," With Total ObamaCare Enrollment In 2016 Falling Far Short Of Its Initial Projection Of 21 Million Sign Ups. "As it turned out, enrollments in the exchanges have come in far below initial projections. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) initially predicted that about 21 million people would be signed up for coverage through the law's exchanges in 2016. In January, the nonpartisan budget office slashed the estimate to about 13 million. In March, it fell to 12 million. That same month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that oversees the law, announced that it expected an 'effectuated enrollment'-that is, people who have not only signed up for coverage but are up to date on their payments-of just 10 million for the year." (Peter Suderman, "Democrats Defect From ObamaCare," Reason , 2/17)

The Obama Administration "Struggled" To Attract The Consumers Needed To Reduce Premiums. "The Obama administration has struggled for several years to bring young, healthy people into the marketplaces, which is needed to offset the medical costs of older and sicker customers. These problems are coming to light this year, as insurers get their first full look at ObamaCare customer data. Some, like UnitedHealth Group, say they've seen enough and are already vowing to leave the exchanges." (Sarah Ferris, "Next President Faces Possible ObamaCare Meltdown," The Hill , 8/11/16)

AFTER YEARS OF BROKEN PROMISES FROM OBAMA, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE LEFT WITH NO REASON TO TRUST LIBERALS WITH THEIR HEALTH CARE

Obama Promised That His Health Care Plan Would Bring Down Costs

PROMISE: Obama Promised His Plan Would "Bring Down Costs For The Entire Country By Making Our Health Care System More Efficient." SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): "My plan would not only guarantee that every uninsured American could get the same kind of health care that Members of Congress give themselves, it would bring down premiums by $2500 for the typical family, and bring down costs for the entire country by making our health care system more efficient through better technology and more emphasis on prevention." (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks Of Senator Barack Obama On The Economy , Raleigh, NC, 6/9/08)

BROKEN: In 2017, Premiums For The Benchmark Silver Plan Under ObamaCare "Are Set To Skyrocket" On Average By 22 Percent. "ObamaCare premiums are set to skyrocket an average of 22% for the benchmark silver plan in 2017, according to a government report released Monday." (Tami Luhby, "ObamaCare Premiums To Soar 22%," CNN , 10/25/16)

  • PolitiFact Rated Obama's Vow To Cut Health Insurance Premiums For Families As A "Promise Broken." "In assessing this promise, we consider the following: An author of the $2,500 figure has disavowed its use as it relates to premiums alone. An independent health care analyst projects that premiums will go up for the typical family. The federal agency implementing the Affordable Care Act did not provide evidence that premiums will go down for the typical family. We rate this a Promise Broken." (J.B. Wogan, "No Cut In Premiums For Typical Family," PolitiFact, 8/31/12)

Obama Promised Americans They Could Keep Their Health Plans And Their Doctors

PROMISE: Obama: "If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep Your Plan. If You Like Your Doctor, You Can Keep Your Doctor." PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. I can tell you, as the father of two young girls, I would not want any plan that interferes with the relationship between a family and their doctor." (President Barack Obama, Remarks On Health Care Reform , Washington, D.C., 3/3/10)

BROKEN: Obama Was Forced To Apologize For Misleading The Public On Health Plan Cancellations: "I'm Sorry That They Are Finding Themselves In This Situation Based On The Assurances They Got From Me." OBAMA: "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me. We've got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this." (Chuck Todd, "Obama Personally Apologizes For Americans Losing Health Coverage," NBC News , 11/7/13)

  • Obama's Promise Was PolitiFact's "Lie Of The Year" In 2013. "Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief. Obama and his team made matters worse, suggesting they had been misunderstood all along. The stunning political uproar led to this: a rare presidential apology. For all of these reasons, PolitiFact has named 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,' the Lie of the Year for 2013." (Angie Drobnic Holan, "Lie Of The Year: 'If You Like Your Health Care Plan, You Can Keep It,'" PolitiFact , 12/12/13)

Obama Promised That ObamaCare Would Increase Competition

PROMISE: When Signing ObamaCare Into Law, Obama Said Insurance Companies Should See ObamaCare As A Way To Increase Competition. OBAMA: "So this is a long-overdue victory for America's consumers and patients. And yes, it does away with the status quo that some insurance companies have taken advantage of for so long. But insurance companies should see this reform as an opportunity to improve care and increase competition. They shouldn't see it as an opportunity to enact unjustifiable rate increases that don't boost care and inflate their bottom line." (President Barack Obama, Remarks By The President On The Affordable Care Act And The New Patients' Bill Of Rights , Washington, D.C., 6/22/10)

BROKEN: In 2017, The Number Of Health Insurance Carriers Will Drop To 228 On The Federal Exchange And "21 Percent Of Consumers Returning To The Exchange Will Have Only One Carrier To Chose From." "The number of carriers will drop to 228 next year in the federal exchange and selected states, down from 298 in 2016. Some 21% of consumers returning to the exchanges will only have one carrier to chose from, though that insurer will likely offer multiple plan choices." (Tami Luhby, "ObamaCare Premiums To Soar 22%," CNN , 10/25/16)

Obama Promised That His Health Plan Wouldn't Raise Taxes On The Middle Class

PROMISE: Obama Pledged That Those Making Less Than $250,000 A Year Would Not See Their Taxes Raised "A Single Dime." OBAMA: "If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, a quarter million dollars a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: Not one single dime." (President Barack Obama, Remarks At A Joint Session Of Congress , Washington, DC, 2/24/09)

BROKEN: PolitiFact: ObamaCare Raised Taxes On The Middle-Class. "The health care law that Obama signed on March 23, 2010, raises taxes on some things regardless of income. Two taxes in particular stand out. A tax on indoor tanning services begins this year. And in 2014, people will have to pay a fine, levied through their income taxes, if they don't have health insurance." (Angie Drobnic Holan, "Smokers, Tanning Aficionados, The Happily Uninsured: More Taxes Coming At Ya!" PolitiFact , 4/8/10)

  • The U.S. Congress' Joint Committee On Taxation Estimated That The Tax Increases In ObamaCare Could Amount To As Much As A $377 Billion Tax Hike On The Middle Class. "As it happens, the Joint Committee on Taxation, in response to a question from a Republican senator, last year identified the middle-class taxes in the health care law. In this 10-year period, it identified about $130 billion in taxes with direct impact on the middle class, and another $247 billion in taxes with possible indirect effects. That gets us to $377 billion." (Glenn Kessler, "Does 'ObamaCare' Have $1 Trillion In Tax Hikes, Aimed At The Middle Class," The Washington Post , 3/12/13)

GIVEN OBAMA'S BROKEN PROMISES AND THE LAW'S HARMFUL EFFETS, IT'S NO SURPRISE POLLS SHOW AMERICANS THINK OBAMACARE IS FAILING AND WANT IT REPEALED

Despite Attempts To Spin The Polls By Democrats, Americans Have Repeatedly Said They Want ObamaCare Gone

A January 2017 Fox News Poll Found That 57 Percent Of Americans Want To See ObamaCare Repealed Either "Entirely" Or In Part. ( Anderson Robbins Research and Shaw & Company Research , 1,006 RV, MoE 3.0, 1/15-18/17)

A January 2017 Joint Morning Consult And Politico Poll Found That 59 Percent Of Americans Want ObamaCare Repealed "Completely" Or "In Part." ( Morning Consult and Politico , 1988 RV, 2.0 MoE, 1/5-7/17)

  • Just 11 Percent Of Americans Said They Want To See ObamaCare "Kept As Is." ( Morning Consult and Politico , 1988 RV, 2.0 MoE, 1/5-7/17)
  • 58 Percent Of Americans Said Their Health Care Costs Had Become "More Expensive" Under ObamaCare, With Only 17 Percent Saying Their Health Care Had Become "Less Expensive." ( Morning Consult and Politico , 1988 RV, 2.0 MoE, 1/5-7/17)

A January 2017 Poll Conducted By The GS Strategy Group Found That Americans Believe ObamaCare Is "Driving Up Health Care Costs," With A 54 Percent Majority Saying They Want To See ObamaCare Repealed Either In Full Or In Part. "Respondents do not support ObamaCare, they think it is driving up health care costs, and a majority (54%) want it repealed or major changes made to it versus 43% who only want minor changes or to leave it as is." ( GS Strategy Group , 1000 LV, MoE 3.1, 1/3-5/17)

A December 2016 CBS News Poll Found That 50 Percent Of Americans Either "Somewhat" Or "Strongly" Disapprove Of ObamaCare. ( CBS News , 1,259 A, MoE 3.0, 12/9-13/16)

  • Only 10 Percent Of Americans Said That "The Law Should Be Kept In Place As Is." ( CBS News , 1,259 A, MoE 3.0, 12/9-13/16)

EVEN DEMOCRATS HAVE CRITICIZED OBAMACARE, CALLING IT "CRAZY" AND "NO LONGER AFFORDABLE"

"More And More, Democrats Have Stopped Defending The Actual Legislation" Of ObamaCare, Instead Choosing To "Defend The Idea Of ObamaCare" And Certain Parts Of The Law. "More and more, Democrats have stopped defending the actual legislation as it exists on the books and in the real world. Instead, they have started arguing in favor of what might be described as a hypothetical 'good parts' version of the law. They defend the idea of ObamaCare, of a government-granted guarantee of affordable universal coverage, rather than the whole legislation itself." (Peter Suderman, "Democrats Defect From ObamaCare," Reason , 2/17)

In October 2016, Bill Clinton Called ObamaCare A "Crazy System" Where People End Up With "Premiums Doubled And Coverage Cut In Half." FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: "So you've got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have healthcare, and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half and it's the craziest thing in the world." (Bill Clinton, Remarks At A Campaign Rally , Flint, Michigan, 10/3/16)

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  • Clinton: The ObamaCare Insurance Model "Doesn't Work" And "Doesn't Make Any Sense." FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: "If you were on the other side of this. If you were an insurer it's like gosh I only got two thousand people in this little pool. Eighty percent of the insurance costs every year come from twenty percent of the people. If I get unlucky in the pool, I'll lose money. So they overcharge you just to make sure, and on good years they just make a whopping profit out of the people least able to pay it. It doesn't make any sense. The insurance model doesn't work here. It's not like life insurance. It's not like (inaudible). It's not like predicting floods. It doesn't work." (Bill Clinton, Remarks At A Campaign Rally , Flint, Michigan, 10/3/16)

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In October 2016, Democrat Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton Said That ObamaCare Was "No Longer Affordable To Increasing Numbers Of People." "Minnesota's Democratic governor on Wednesday said ObamaCare is 'no longer affordable to increasing numbers of people' - the latest sign of Democrats' growing concern about the law's rising insurance costs. Gov. Mark Dayton's criticism comes as his state faces massive rate hikes and shrinking competition in its ObamaCare insurance marketplace next year." (Rachana Pradhan, "Democratic Governor: ObamaCare 'No Longer Affordable' For Many," Politico , 10/12/16)

In 2014, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Admitted That ObamaCare Was A Mistake And Wasn't The Change Americans Wanted When They Voted For Obama. "'After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle class-oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus,' he said in a speech at the National Press Club. He said the plight of uninsured Americans caused by 'unfair insurance company practices' needed to be addressed, but it wasn't the change that people wanted when they elected Barack Obama as president." (Alexander Bolton, "Schumer: Dems Erred With ObamaCare," The Hill , 11/25/14)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Has Said That She Is Open To Working With Republicans To Replace ObamaCare, And Said "I Think There'll Be A Lot Of Democrats" Who Would Be Willing To Vote For A Replacement. "But once the deed is done, a surprising number of them say they're open to helping Republicans replace it. 'If it makes sense, I think there'll be a lot of Democrats who would be for it,' said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). As Republicans aim to make good on their years-long vow to quash ObamaCare and replace it with their own health care vision, they'll have to do something Democrats were never able to: Bring members of the opposing party on board. Enacting any substantive alternative will take at least eight Democratic votes in the Senate." (Burgess Everett and Jeniffer Haberkorn, "Democrats Open To Replacing ObamaCare," Politico , 12/15/16)


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