Anxiety about health care costs spikes thanks to Republican policies

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The Republicans' "relentless repeal-and-sabotage campaign" is causing higher health care costs and more anxiety among Americans.

Republicans have worked to dismantle Obamacare since day one, and have only ramped up their efforts since Trump came into office, following the 2016 election. New policies championed by Trump and California Republicans such as Reps. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) and Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) are causing health care premiums to dramatically increase, and millions of people to lose coverage.

A Kaiser Family Fund poll taken in March 2018 shows Americans are increasingly anxious about health care costs, with more than 2 in 3 Americans “very worried” or “somewhat worried” that rate hikes will make coverage unaffordable. In October 2017, only 38 percent felt this way — an astounding increase in just five months.

“The constant anxiety Americans now face is yet another hidden cost of Republicans’ relentless repeal-and-sabotage campaign against our health care,” says Brad Woodhouse, campaign director of Protect Our Care.

A recent analysis by Covered California warns that health care premiums for Californians could increase by up to 30 percent next year. Some states could see increases of up to 94 percent in the next three years, in large part due to changes in the law brought about by Republicans.

Unfortunately, middle-class Californians will face the brunt of the increases.

“The working middle class that are not getting subsidies got hit hardest in 2018 and would be hit hardest in 2019,” says Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee.

In 2017, before Republicans were in control of Congress and the White House, “the individual insurance markets were largely stabilizing in terms of enrollment and issuer profitability,” according to Covered California. Rather than work in a bipartisan manner to try to improve Obamacare, Knight and Walters pliantly followed the lead of Trump and Republican Speaker Paul Ryan to try to repeal it.

The health care sabotage comes came packaged in as a provision in the Republican tax bill, which further penalizes Californians. Homeowners may pay thousands more in higher taxes, while an estimated 1.6 million Californians will lose health insurance.

Health care costs continue to be a top concern among voters. With Republicans in full control of policy, and health care premiums skyrocketing, Americans are completely aware who is responsible for instability and increasing costs.