Mississippi will be ground zero for ObamaCare’s individual mandate to buy coverage or pay a tax penalty.
The state already is near the bottom when it comes to the percentage of the subsidy-eligible individuals who are enrolled via HealthCare.gov — just 38%. Now Mississippi’s subsidized premiums are about to jump far more than any of the 36 other states using HealthCare.gov.
For 30-year-olds in Yazoo City earning about $25,000 (214% of the poverty level), the after-subsidy cost of the cheapest bronze plan will spike by $554, or 60%, in 2016.
There is more here. To be sure that is lemon picking from the data, but in politics the people who suffer the most often end up with the biggest say. Furthermore the reported seven percent average rate hike is not so small either, so perhaps the Mississippi story will resonate. Here is more on the ambiguity in the numbers on reported rate increases. Still, this is not developing in a favorable manner.