Rep. Mimi Walters helped make California health care more expensive

Rep. Mimi Walters promised a "better way" on health care. But the changes she championed made health care worse for Californians.

Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) promised to make health care “better” for Californians. Instead, her actions and the policies she championed are making it worse.

In October 2016, Walters took to Twitter to share an article lamenting that premiums were set to rise an average of 22 percent in 2017 and promising Republicans had “a better way.” Her tweet ignored the fact that Covered California announced rates in the Golden State were set to rise only 13 percent in 2017, less than the national average and significantly less than what Walters hyped.

With Trump in the White House, Walters and Republicans were able to implement their changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And California Republicans were the deciding factor on the bill passing or failing.

In the end, Walters got her way. But is it “better”?

According to Covered California, health care premiums are set to increase up to 30 percent for Californians next year. 

For the second year in a row, the actions and policies of Walters and her fellow Republicans helped push premiums significantly higher.

In 2017, insurers announced that 2018 rates in California were on pace to rise about the same — close to 12 or 13 percent. But then, in October 2017, California insurers announced a dramatic increase “due to uncertainty over whether President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans will continue to authorize billions of dollars in reimbursement payments to insurers,” bringing the total increase to 25 percent.

Walters promised “a better way” when health care premiums were set to increase by 13 percent in 2017. But the actions and policies of Walters, Trump, and other Republicans helped push premium increases of 25 percent in 2018 and up to 30 percent in 2019.

And because of the changes to the ACA Walters and fellow Republicans championed, an estimated 1.8 million Californians will lose health insurance. That is part of the 13 million people nationwide who will lose health insurance.

Walters not only broke her promise to make things better, she helped make the situation substantially worse.

Walters was unhappy about rising health care costs. She was given an opportunity to make the changes she wanted. She promised a better way.

Mimi Walters broke her promise, and Californians are paying a high price for it.