I do not know anything about that.
What I know is that Obamacare is still functioning and making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans. The marketplace seems to have stabilized, despite attempts by the GOP to sabotage it.
But if you are unhappy about higher rates on better plans, then you can certainly blame Trump for halting payments on the CSR subsidy.
Trump halted these payments last month, and in response, insurance companies jacked up the premiums on certain plans. They did so to recoup the money they would lose from the end of the CSR subsidy.
But here’s where things get interesting: Many insurance plans (often at the behest of local regulators) only increased premiums on midlevel plans, called silver plans. And the silver plans are the ones the federal government uses to figure out how much of a premium subsidy Obamacare enrollees get.
This is a completely separate Obamacare subsidy program, which is used to reduce the cost of premiums for low- and middle-income enrollees (remember, the CSR subsidy goes to copayments and deductibles). The silver plans went up, and so did the premium subsidy.
So now you have a decent number of Obamacare enrollees shopping around with a much bigger subsidy. Now they could use that money to buy a silver plan and their out-of-pocket premium wouldn’t rise very much. The premium went up, and the subsidy went up too.
Or they could use their subsidies to buy an even nicer, more generous plan (called a gold plan). If the gold plan premiums have held steady (as they have in many states, where plans concentrated the premium hike in the silver option), then the subsidy is going to make that nicer gold plan a lot cheaper — possibly even cheaper than the less generous silver plan.