The GOP's current silence on Obamacare will likely end when insurers release their 2015 premiums. While Benghazi has become the latest call to action on the right, policy wonks are anticipating a renewed interest as insurers begin releasing their 2015 premium proposals. Though all rates are only estimates until they're approved by the state insurance commissioner, any double-digit increases will likely draw attention back to Obamacare. In anticipation of the upcoming premiums battle, here are a few things to consider going forward:
New rates depend on the old rates
As The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, Molina Healthcare submitted a 6.8 percent decrease in rates for its Washington customers. Insurers like Molina who priced "cautiously" (as in, too high) last year are facing pressure to be more competitive this year. Molina also found that their enrollees are healthier than they expected, and they'll gain more healthy customers when the individual mandate fine increases. Meanwhile, insurers in the area who released lower 2014 rates are raising prices. Washington's Group Health Cooperative, which had some of the lowest priced 2014 plans, is planning to raise its prices by 11.2 percent.