There is a talking point that says “Trump is adding a 19% surcharge” to plans. This isn’t fully true. Instead, Trump has threatened not to fund cost-sharing reduction subsidies.
The threat not to reimburse insurers for “CSR” subsidies (something the GOP has done in the past) is causing instability in the markets because insurers have to have their plans priced out early. They thus have to assume the worst when they price their plans; customers will eat the costs.
So, plans will likely cost 19% more on average, and it will be (in this case) a result of Trump’s administration creating an uncertain market. However, there is no 19% surcharge.
OPINION: The above is fact. With this information in mind, we can understand why some liberals charge Republicans with “trying to break ObamaCare” and push the death spiral narrative as their actions often are the root of price hikes.
Specifically, according to former Medicaid and Medicare chief Andy Slavitt, the claim is that an uncertainty surcharge will be “baked into” insurers’ premium requests. Mr. Slavitt calls this a “Trump surcharge” and estimates it at about 19%.”