States are now releasing their preliminary 2015 Obamacare premiums, which means price hikes could become another negative talking point right before the midterm elections. The difference between now and previous moments of bad health care PR is that Democrats insist they're getting ahead of it this time. But even then, there are a number of other issues coming up: the left's increasing aversion to the employer mandate, questions about how young and healthy this year's enrollees are and, as always, whether the Affordable Care Act is actually affordable.
As Politico noted Monday, the White House's "internal health care enrollment outreach apparatus" has turned its attention to 2015 preliminary premiums. "One of the lessons we’ve learned in implementing health care is to stay on it,” said Tara McGuinness, the White House senior communications adviser, told Politico. “We are not going to let anyone distort the debate.” The White House has teamed up with congressional Democrats to issue talking point memos about preliminary premiums as they come out in states. In most states, insurers are asking for premium increases, but Democrats claim that's not the whole story.