I listened to Sens. Enzi and Senator Barrasso's tele-town hall this evening (11/27), the subject was the Senate's tax reform bill which they are championing, and to the people with concerns about how they will be affected, Sen. Enzi said not to worry about all the talk going around because the bill isn't finished yet, that he was sure only the good ideas would survive, so people should wait until it's finished to see what's actually in it. If that is the case, then I think our Senators should wait until the bill is finished before asking the people of Wyoming what they think about it. Enzi's assurances are meaningless at this point. Of course people are going to say they want tax reform and tax cuts, but how can anyone support an unfinished product?
I also heard misinformation about the ACA (Affordable Healthcare Act/Obama Care). Sen. Barrasso is fond of calling the ACA "a disaster" and pointing to the rising premiums as evidence, but Wyoming's only provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield, has stated that it is the uncertainty in D.C. about health care that is causing them to raise premiums. This uncertainty is created by Sens. Enzi, Barrasso, their republican colleagues and President Trump's attempts to sabotage the ACA. They are doing what they can to make the ACA a disaster.
I received the letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield about the nearly 50% increase in my 2018 premium, but that letter was very misleading and I assume contributed to the concern I listened to during the tele-town hall. The rest of the story is that my personal federal subsidy went up by a greater percentage, which I didn't find out until I went on to Healthcare.gov, renewed my application and saw the 10 plans available for me to choose from. Bottom line - even though my 2018 premium is the highest it has been under the ACA, what I actually will be paying each month is the lowest.