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Blasting “Trumpcare,” CT Dems Ignore Obamacare’s Failures

March 8, 2017 By Staff
Blasting “Trumpcare,” CT Dems Ignore Obamacare’s Failures

CT Democrats had no shortage of harsh words about the GOP's Obamacare replacement; however, they refused to address Obamacare's failures in CT.

Connecticut Democrats came out in swift and total opposition to the House GOP’s Obamacare replacement – dubbed “Trumpcare” – on Tuesday. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said “you’re going to hate it.” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called it “an insult.” Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) said people will die.

Now, the “Trumpcare” replacement has drawn skeptical reactions from both Democrats and Republicans.

But what Connecticut Democrats failed to address in their statements, though, was the failures of Obamacare in Connecticut.

Reclaim Connecticut broke it down last month:

  • The average rate hike in Connecticut for 2017 was +25 percent for individuals and +13 percent for small groups.
  • In April 2016, United Healthcare announced it would leave Connecticut’s Obamacare exchange in 2017
  • HealthyCT, Connecticut’s “financially ‘unstable’ Obamacare health insurance co-op,” failed in July and was placed under state supervision
  • ConnectiCare became the third insurer to leave the exchange in 2016 – leaving only Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield – before reversing its decision days later

Still, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (D-Conn.) said Obamacare “is working.” Even though Republicans are in charge, no one has seen proposed fixes to Obamacare in recent statements from Malloy and Wyman, nor Murphy and Blumenthal.

For more on the GOP’s replacement – the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – and what it means for Connecticut, catch up with this (long) read from the CT Mirror‘s Arielle Levin Becker.