About this race
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
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
|Mike Kreidler (D)||1,577,521||58.58%|
|Richard Schrock (R)||1,115,365||41.42%|
* 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.
There was a time when a politician would be careful about suggesting an opponent was lying. Back in the halcyon “good old days” it was deemed more appropriate to accuse a fellow official of being stupid than dishonest. Now, it seems common to accuse someone of using alternative facts, which may be just a nice way of calling them a liar.
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.