Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump's actions trigger health premium hikes for 2018

Trump's actions trigger health premium hikes for 2018

"This year, because of the uncertainty insurers face over whether the individual mandate will be enforced or cost-sharing subsidy payments will be made, some companies have included an additional rate increase in their initial rate requests, while other companies have said they may revise their premiums late in the process".

And by almost 2-to-1, most say it's good that the Senate rejected the GOP repeal-and-replace bill last month. "After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?"

Only 3 in 10 want Trump and the Republicans to continue their efforts to repeal and replace the law.

A majority of the public (57 percent) want to see Republicans in Congress work with Democrats to make improvements to the 2010 health care law, while smaller shares say they want to see Republicans in Congress continue working on their own plan to repeal and replace the ACA (21 percent) or move on from health care to work on other priorities (21 percent).

The Trump administration continues to emphasize the weakness of the exchange markets for next year, but numerous problems that are causing that weakness, according to the insurers, are primarily of the administration's own making. Most Democrats (70%) and independents (59%) favor the bi-partisan approach, though almost half of Republicans (49%) and Trump supporters (46%) want Republicans to continue pursuing their own plan to repeal and replace the law. Almost two-thirds of the public oppose the president's negotiating tactics, the survey said. Most Republicans (58%) and Trump supporters (59%) support these hardball negotiating tactics.

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Instead of trying to scrap the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans should try to improve it, a large majority of Americans say. Most of those who say it is a good thing say they do not want the law repealed at all (34% of the public overall), while fewer (23% of the public overall) say it is because they had concerns with the specific bill being debated. There has been a 9-percentage-point increase in people who hold a favorable view since November.

More people say they are "relieved" (51%) or "happy" (47%) that the Senate did not pass a bill than say they are "disappointed" (38%) or "angry" (19%). Marketplace coverage affects only those buying individual insurance and not those who get job-based plans or Medicare or Medicaid.

"A number of insurers have requested double-digit premium increases for 2018".

For context, as Drew Altman of the Kaiser Family Foundation noted in Axios on Thursday, there are about 17.5 million people who purchase coverage through the non-group insurance market, 10.3 million of which are enrolled in ACA exchanges.

The survey was conducted between August 1 and 6 and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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