And it will affect your life far more than the emails found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop.
Among the most frequently repeated talking points promulgated by the White House and its media allies about Obamacare’s latest premium spikes is that they only affect the “small” number of people who buy coverage on the individual market, leaving those with employer-based coverage unscathed. The New York Times dutifully parrots the party line, “These increases really matter only for those who buy their own insurance.” This is just another in the long list of lies the law’s apologists have told to save the President’s “signature domestic achievement.” In reality, this premium spike will adversely affect the lives of 177 million Americans.
But before we get to the people with job-based coverage, let’s take a look at the actual Americans the Times so lightly dismisses as insignificant. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that 21.8 million individuals “purchased or are covered as a dependent by non-group insurance.” In other words, these gigantic premium spikes “really matter only” to a number of people equivalent to the combined populations of these 16 states — Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.