Hillary Clinton was conspicuously quiet about Obamacare in the final weeks of the election, and for good reason. One week before Election Day, the law’s fourth open-enrollment period began, accompanied by a wave of policy cancellations and rate hikes. After analyzing published prices from every state, the New York Times’ Upshot blog confirmed on November 4: “Average Obamacare insurance rates really are going up by 22 percent.”
A few months later, Democrats are heaping criticism on the American Health Care Act … and they are suddenly much more bullish about President Obama’s 2010 legislation.
On Tuesday, discussing the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the Republican bill, Michael Hiltzik wrote in the Los Angeles Times:
In sum, then, the GOP’s American Health Care Act would not only roll back all the gains in insurance coverage notched by the ACA over the last four years, but would make millions of Americans poorer and sicker. It’s not a return to the health insurance landscape that existed before the ACA’s enactment in 2010, but a voyage into an immeasurably more dismal, and unhealthier, world.
Writing in the New York Times, Paul Krugman described the health-care system created by Obamacare as “intelligently designed.”…