The future of Obamacare

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By Annika Fagerholm 10/27/16

The White House administration announced Monday that prices for the Affordable Care Act premiums would go up by about 22 percent in 2017. With 12 weeks left in office, President Obama will leave the winner of this years presidential election with the task of improving on his legacy.

“Obamacare” is facing rising premiums and deductibles as well as rapidly slowing enrollment in the health care program. Neither candidate has laid out specific plans to deal with the shortcoming of Obamacare this election season.

Republican candidate Donald Trump spoke out about these price hikes Tuesday, “Repealing Obamacare and stopping Hillary’s health care takeover is one of the single most important reasons that we must win on Nov. 8,” he said.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton said in a radio interview Tuesday that, “We’re going to get copays and premiums and deductibles down. We’re going to tackle prescription drug costs. And we can do that without ripping away the insurance that people now have.”

Republican Senate candidates have also used the hike in premium prices to aid in their campaigns. The National Republican Senatorial Committee released a video of Pennsylvania Democrat Katie McGinty praising Obamacare paired with the caption, “Is Shady Katie still proud of Obamacare?”

Former White House press secretary Jay Carney admitted that even though ”Obamacare” is not as popular as it once was, “The American people re-elected Obama.”