“States are nailing down dates to release 2015 premium costs under ObamaCare, and their decisions will guarantee a drumbeat of news about rate hikes all the way to the November midterm elections.
Democrats are bracing for grim headlines that could put the unpopular law back at the forefront of voters’ minds.
Premiums are expected to go up in a majority of states, as they do every year, but the size of the increases could go a long way toward determining how much political damage ObamaCare inflicts on vulnerable Democratic lawmakers.
A survey by The Hill of state insurance commissioners found that news about ObamaCare premiums will hit nearly every week this summer (see list below), providing ample opportunity for Republicans to attack any significant premium hikes.”
“PREMIUM RATES, STATE BY STATE
The following is a list of responses from states on when they plan to release insurance premium rates. Dates are subject to change. Sixteen states did not respond or did not specify a date.
Montana (May 27 or later)
Maine (May 30)
Connecticut (May 31)
Ohio (by May 31)
Kansas (June 1 and available via records request)
North Dakota (June 6)
Michigan (June 9)
Delaware (June 13)
South Dakota (June 15)
Louisiana (June 27)
Florida (end of the month, or early August)
Nevada (Aug. 1)
Wisconsin (late in the month)
Massachusetts (Aug. 15)
North Carolina (no earlier than Aug. 15)
West Virginia (available via records request)
Arkansas (Sept. 10)
New Jersey (Nov. 15)
New Hampshire (Jan. 1)
Will not release rates
or no month given
Texas (will release rates that rise by more than 10 percent via public records request, no month or date given)
in full or in part
Washington” - Premium hike drumbeat before elections, The Hill, 05/22/2014
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