Two Democratic United States Senators refused to answer questions regarding their vote on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.
Investigative journalist Jason Mattera approached Democratic Senators Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska, asking them about their Obamacare vote and why the law has not brought premiums down, since both men assured constituents the ACA would bring down healthcare costs after its passage.
In February, a study from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) demonstrated that premiums could rise for nearly two-thirds of small to medium sized businesses. In June, Forbes published a study with data for 3137 of America’s 3144 counties showing the ACA caused individually-purchased health insurance to rise 41 percent in 2014.
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In the video above, Mattera asks Pryor:
“Why do you think voters should trust you again, seeing that you cancelled their healthcare plans and raised their premiums with your Obamacare vote?
Pryor refused to answer, and Mattera instead received repeated deflections by an accompanying staffer.
When Mattera approached Begich, not accompanied by a staffer, he was slightly more responsive.
Mattera: Senator Begich… you remember when you promised that Obamacare would lower premiums by thousands of dollars? What ever happened to that?
Begich: We’re still working on it. I have a ‘copper’ plan. You should look at it. It lowers premiums by 18 percent.
Mattera: You’re still working on it? Premiums are going up though. Shouldn’t voters hold you accountable?
Begich: You should look at my stuff on it.