It’s not just Democratic Senators up for reelection who are worried about being dragged down by the ACA. Even Democratic Governors are concerned about how the law is playing out in their states. Politico reports that Jay Nixon, Jack Markell, and Deval Patrick (Missouri, Delaware, and Massachusetts, respectively) have communicated their concerns about Obamacare to the White House.
And no wonder, with stories like this: a report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that found that the ACA could raise health care premiums for many small businesses:
The report concluded that about 65% of small businesses, or plans covering 11 million people, would see an increase in insurance premiums under these so-called community-rating provisions of the health law. About 35% of employers would see a decrease for plans covering six million people. These employers aren’t required to pay a penalty under the federal health law if they don’t insure workers […]
Indeed, the impact on premiums for small employers under the health law for 2014 hasn’t been fully seen. Many employers renewed existing plans early, and about half of states allowed insurance policy extensions under pre-health law rules, according to the CMS report. The report also noted “there is a rather large degree of uncertainty associated with this estimate.”
With reports like this piling up all the time, it seems past time for Democrats to pivot away from a full-throated defense of the ACA towards an acknowledgment of its weaknesses and a plan for fixing it.