Commissioner Kreidler and the Problems with Obamacare Implementation in Washington State
Washington state insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler is testifying before Congress today in praise of the implementation of the Obamacare law in our state. In his comments, however, he is unlikely to provide much detail about the hurtful disruption the law and his tough-minded regulatory actions are causing Washington families.
- 290,000 people in Washington state have received insurance cancellation notices.
- Thousands of calls to the state health care exchange phone number go unanswered.
- Obamacare regulations resulted in Swedish Medical Center being left out of one of the biggest insurance plans in the state (Premera). Swedish operates a system of neighborhood clinics where thousands of families get their primary care. Commissioner Kreidler approved the plan that blocked access to Swedish medical services.
- Children’s Hospital in Seattle is suing because Obamacare's regulations resulted in it being left out of many of the insurance plans approved by Commissioner Kreidler.
- The same day President Obama said he would allow people to keep their cancelled health coverage for another year, Commissioner Kreidler announced he would not allow any Washington resident to benefit from the President's offer.
Washington is supposed to be one of the “successful” states in implementing Obamacare. Yet the painful reality for thousands of Washington families is they are losing health coverage they like and access to their regular doctors because of Obamacare implementation and Commissioner Kreidler’s harsh regulatory decisions.