In a move seen by supporters of the Affordable Care Act as part of a carefully calculated plan to destroy the ACA (Obamacare) Marketplaces in as many states as possible, the Trump Administration has denied Iowa’s repeated requests to repair its ObamaCare Market.
According to The Washington Post:
Supporters of the Affordable Care Act see the president’s opposition even to changes sought by conservative states as part of a broader campaign by his administration to undermine the 2010 health-care law. In addition to trying to cut funding for the ACA, the Trump administration also is hampering state efforts to control premiums. In the case of Iowa, that involved a highly unusual intervention by the president himself.
Whether the move is part of Trump’s on-going crusade to dismantle all of the achievements of his predecessor or a symptom of his rampant cruelty, Iowans are left with one choice of an insurer after multiple withdrawals from the market due to insurer uncertainty about the continuing existence of the ACA.
What is clear is that Iowans, like so many other conservative states, are beginning to feel the hammer blows of an Administration that has no regard for its citizens or its base. This Administration will willingly sacrifice anyone and anything for a “win.” Unfortunately for all of us, wins in Trumpland are measured in how good the decision makes Trump feel. Equally unfortunately, cruelty and actions devoid of compassion seem to make him feel the happiest.
The ACA Markets need fixing. No one disputes that. But the fix required is keeping insurers in the market, and preventing them from price gouging. ObamaCare has been a huge windfall for the insurance industry, part of the reason so many liberals opposed the marketplace as it was originally designed. But it seems greed has no limitations, which has resulted in mass departures of insurers in states where unlimited premium increases were not allowed. Now if the Trump Administration has its way, we will soon see the complete destruction of the markets when no insurers participate.