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Longtime Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has overseen the state’s transition to federal mandates to expand health insurance coverage. He and his Republican opponent, Richard Schrock, differ on the outcome of that change, and even on what they call it. Kreidler uses the official Affordable Care Act; Schrock uses the more familiar term considered derogatory by some, Obamacare. “I think Obamacare is collapsing,” Schrock said. “It’s destroyed the individual health insurance market in the state. Small businesses, including farmers, are unable to get plans that are what they want.”

Kreidler said the numbers don’t support the idea that it’s collapsing. Before 2014, when the law took effect, nine companies offered health insurance in the state; now there are 13. Those companies also offer a greater variety of coverage plans. And they don’t offer plans that failed to provide coverage federal law requires, such as maternity care and prescription drugs. The Affordable Care Act needs improvements, Kreidler said. He hopes that, after President Obama leaves office, Republicans in Congress will stop trying to repeal it, and will work with Democrats on fixes.

Insurance Commissioner, State of Washington

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Candidate Votes Pct
Mike Kreidler (D) 1,577,521 58.60%
Richard Schrock (R) 1,115,365 41.40%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.


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