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Critics of ‘Fix’ Are Mostly Obamacare’s Allies

Critics of 'Fix' Are Mostly Obamacare's Allies

There's a common thread among the states that have already rejected President Obama's "fix" for canceled insurance plans: They're all solidly blue states that have tried to make the Affordable Care Act work. So far, insurance regulators in Washington, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Massachusetts have rejected Obama's plan to let insurance companies un-cancel certain plans for a year. All four of those states built their own insurance exchanges, rather than punting to the federal government. (Washington, D.C., which also built its own exchange, initially rejected the "fix," until the insurance commissioner was fired for that decision.)

 

To be fair, two states running their own exchanges (Hawaii and Kentucky) have said they'll let insurers take advantage of Obama's offer. The states that leaned into Obamacare aren't united against this fix. Still, the strongest, earliest opposition to Obama's plan isn't coming from dug-in Republican governors. It's coming from the law's allies. That's a good reminder that this "fix" is a policy solution to a largely political problem. And at least to those four states, it's a policy tradeoff not worth making.

Sam Baker

sbaker@nationaljournal.com

 

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