Insurance Commissioner, State of Washington
|Mike Kreidler (D)||521,892||57.69%|
|Richard Schrock (R)||317,092||35.05%|
|Justin Murta (L)||65,642||7.26%|
* 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.
Washington health insurance rates will go up an average of 13.6 percent next year, state officials said Wednesday. But the average increases for insurance bought through the state exchange under the Affordable Care Act will be less than that, and far below the national average.
The final two Spokesman-Review endorsements cover the insurance commissioner’s race and a simple housekeeping measure related to redistricting. Insurance Commissioner. When full-scale implementation of the Affordable Care Act occurred, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler was prepared. As a result, the state had one of the nation’s smoothest transitions to the new insurance market. Since then, he’s made sure insurance companies have complied with the many requirements of the federal law.
Consolidation to Kaiser Permanente and Group Health will be tough sell to members who prize the cooperative’s independence.
Although candidates for the 2015 election may be shoulder-to-the-wheel, nose-to-the-grindstone right now, the 2016 crop of candidates isn’t far behind.