Trump: Obamacare Premiums ‘Bigger Than Your Mortgage’

By Melanie Arter | November 3, 2016 | 2:04 PM EDT

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – During a campaign rally in Jacksonville, Fla., GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said Thursday that Obamacare premiums are skyrocketing – as high as 116 percent in Arizona – so much so that it costs more than the mortgage and rent.

“It’s your number one cost right now – bigger than your mortgage. It’s bigger than your rent – first time that’s ever happened,” Trump said.

 



The Department of Health and Human Services announced on Oct. 24 “that premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, and that about 1 in 5 consumers will have plans only from a single insurer to pick from, after major national carriers such as UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Aetna scaled back their roles,” CBS New York reported in October.

“However, in Arizona, unsubsidized premiums for a hypothetical 27-year-old buying a benchmark ‘second-lowest cost silver plan’ will jump by 116 percent, from $196 to $422, according to the administration report,” the article stated.

Trump told supporters in Florida that it was just announced “that the residents of Florida are going to experience a massive double-digit premium hike.” He said the exact number is depressing.

“Who’s got their number yet? Does anybody know? Should I tell you? Do you want me to depress everybody? You’d just put your head down, start crying and leave. I won’t tell you. I don’t want to tell you. You know why? Because if I do, you’ll be so depressed,” he said.

“In the great state of Arizona though as an example, premiums are going up more than 116%, and it doesn’t work. Obamacare doesn’t work. I’m repealing it. We’re gonna replace it with something so much better and so much cheaper,” Trump said.

He said in contrast, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will “double up” on Obamacare.

“Over 90 percent of the counties in Florida are losing Obamacare insurers next year. Think of it. Good luck in that negotiation. In Minnesota, where the premium increase will be close to 60 percent, the Democratic governor said the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable. Oh, did he take heat - him and Bill Clinton. Did Bill Clinton take heat? He said it’s crazy – Obamacare. He said it’s crazy,” Trump said.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said the Affordable Care Act is “no longer affordable to increasing numbers of people,” Politico reported on Oct. 12. He later said he regretted that his words were “used against Democratic candidates.”

"Last week I said that the Affordable Care Act ‘is no longer affordable to increasing numbers of people.’ I regret that my statement was wrongly used against Democratic candidates in Minnesota and elsewhere," Politico quoted Dayton as saying in a statement.

“He said he stands by his remarks that more and more people are unable to afford Obamacare coverage,” Politico stated in an Oct. 21 article.

Former President Bill Clinton, meanwhile, called Obamacare “the craziest thing in the world” during a campaign rally on Oct. 3, CNN reported on Oct. 5.

"So you've got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It's the craziest thing in the world," Bill Clinton said.

A day later, he “tried to clean up his criticism,” CNN reported.

“Look, the Affordable Health Care Act did a world of good, and the 50-something efforts to repeal it that the Republicans have staged were a terrible mistake," CNN quoted Bill Clinton as saying during a rally in Athens, Ohio. "We, for the first time in our history, at least are providing insurance to more than 90% of our people."

"But there is a group of people -- mostly small business owners and employees -- who make just a little too much money to qualify for Medicaid expansion or for the tax incentives who can't get affordable health insurance premiums in a lot of places. And the reason is they're not in big pools," Clinton added. "So they have no bargaining power."

“They lied to us. The president lied to us 28 times. He said you can keep your doctor. You can keep your plan. Remember? Kept lying and lying and lying. Premiums are surging. Companies are leaving. Insurers are fleeing. Doctors are leaving, and deductibles are through the roof, sometimes $15,000. In other words, you have to spend $15,000 before you start using it,” Trump said.

“Obamacare is a total catastrophe, yet Hillary Clinton wants to double down on Obamacare. She doesn’t want to terminate it. She doesn’t want to get rid of it. She wants to double down, making it much more expensive than it is right now, and it’s right now ridiculous. It’s your number one cost right now – bigger than your mortgage. It’s bigger than your rent – first time that’s ever happened,” he added.

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