Date: 17:54:24 on Thursday, July 20, 2017
Name: Looneytoons
Subject: Mitigating factors

Your article noted that the price increases quoted were BEFORE the subsidies which help people afford their insurance, and that 75% of people are eligible for subsidies.

It also noted that Arizona, prior to these increases, had the lowest premiums in the nation, which makes the percentage increases less surprising or dramatic. You're just catching up with the rest of us.

And finally, luck of the draw; it sounds like you happen to live in the country which had the highest increase of any county nationwide -- something you should probably have disclosed if you wanted to give an accurate impression of what was going on -- unless your goal it to make Obamacare look worse than it actually is.

Add all of those factors, together with the fact that you overstated premium increases by more than two fold, and you can see that the overall impression you created vastly overstated the severity of the problems with Obamacare.

Yes prices have increased, but those increases have been made worse by intentional meddling by Congress. But overall, premium increases since Obamacare took effect are LESS than they likely would have been if we had just continued as before (health care inflation has been out pacing inflation for many, many years).

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