For all of the Republican talk about the Anthem health insurance company’s decision to pull out of the Ohio Obamacare health insurance market, you’d think that they were sure they had nothing to do with it.
Well, they do.
With the Trump Administration refusing to be clear about whether or not they will continue cost sharing reduction payments to insurance companies in 2018, companies have been forced to drive up premiums, and in the case of Anthem, costs stand to be so unsustainable that they’ve been forced to drop out of the Ohio health insurance market altogether.
Earlier this year, Trump budget chief Mick Mulvaney suggested using the subsidies mandated as a part of Obamacare as a sort of bargaining chip in budget negotiations, saying that the Trump administration would agree to one dollar of Obamacare funding for every one dollar of border wall funding that the Democrats agreed to.
That set up never got anyone anywhere, but the Trump Administration hasn’t abandoned its position on the matter — Obamacare needs to go, and if it manages to stick around for another year, funding for it is negotiable.
It’s this that has prompted Anthem to explain its withdrawal from the Ohio insurance market by saying: “The increasing lack of overall predictability simply does not provide a sustainable path forward to provide affordable plan choices for consumers,”
Nevertheless, the national Republican leadership has repeatedly cited Anthem’s withdrawal from the Ohio insurance market as somehow indicative of troubles inherent in the Affordable Care Act.
Trump, for instance, cited Anthem’s withdrawal from the Ohio market in a Tuesday Republican leadership meeting, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan tweeted about it, as featured below, via screenshot.