How Republicans Twist Facts on Obamacare to Fit their Narrative
Have you heard how the Affordable Care Act has eliminated health insurance choice in Wyoming? I have. Very often. According to the narrative, there is only one health insurance company participating in the Wyoming health insurance exchange. That company is Blue Cross Blue Shield. But the fact is that before Obamacare was passed into law, Blue Cross Blue Shield provided health insurance for 70% of the people in Wyoming.
In fact, 85% of people insured in Wyoming in 2009, before the ACA, were covered by either Blue Cross Clue Shield or United Healthcare. So, while the number of healthcare companies offering plans on the Wyoming health insurance exchange has been reduced to one, the actual change between the pre-ACA access to insurers and the current access is very small.
This pattern can be found across the country. The facts are very clear that before the ACA, there was very little competition in the individual health insurance market across the country. The fact that there remains little competition has little to do with Obamacare.
The same logic has been twisted by Republicans regarding the rising cost of health insurance premiums. While it is true that premiums are going up under the ACA, the fact is that premiums were going up much faster before the ACA was signed into law (and here).