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Wasserman Schultz: Let’s ‘Iron Out the Kinks’ in Obamacare

• October 25, 2016 2:52 pm

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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., FL.) told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday that Republicans and Democrats need to come together "to iron out the kinks" in Obamacare before a Hillary Clinton rally in Florida.

"We're going to be able to make sure that if we just sit down together and iron out the kinks that have occurred with Obamacare, this was a significant reform that brought more health care insurance to young people," Wasserman Schultz said.

Obamacare has come under scrutiny after the Associated Press reported Monday that premiums for mid-level Obamacare plans will increase by an average of 25 percent in the 39 states that have a federally run online marketplace. Other states may see a larger increase while other states might see less.

Earlier this year, UnitedHealth, Aetna, and Humana, some of the nation's largest insurers, pulled back from President Obama's landmark legislation. Aetna maintained a presence in Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska and Virginia's exchanges. The AP noted that because of these moves from major insurers, one in five Americans will only plans from insurer to choose from under Obamacare.

About 11 million consumers have health insurance through the marketplaces and about 85 percent of those consumers have received tax credits to help pay for their plans, the New York Times reported.

The total number of insurers involved in the Obamacare exchanges dropped 28 percent from 232 to 167 this year.

Wasserman Schultz shrugged off the double-digit increases in premiums by saying that it was a "transition year."

"It's four or five states where the number of insurance option have narrowed. So premiums have increased," Wasserman Schultz said.

Wasserman Schultz also touted that the rate of health insurance costs have slowed to the lowest in 50 years.