As always, this is merely a recommendation. The Columbian trusts the ability and the desire of voters to examine the issues and the candidates before casting an informed ballot.
In looking at the race for insurance commissioner, voters will find that Kreidler has served well and served effectively during four terms in office. That includes overseeing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, an implementation that will remain a crucial part of the job for whichever candidate is elected. Kreidler, in fact, has noted that he would have retired if not for the continuing challenge presented by Obamacare, and says, "We need a steady hand at the tiller as we navigate these uncharted waters."
Kreidler is well-positioned for leading that journey. He worked for 20 years as an optometrist, has served as a legislator in both the
Under the Affordable Care Act, the number of Washingtonians without health insurance has dropped by about half, largely because of the expansion of
Schrock, who served as director of the state
There is some validity to the criticism, and there is room for improvement in Kreidler's office. Overall, however, he has been an effective consumer advocate while performing a difficult balancing act. He has sought to draw more insurers into the market and understands that inadequate policies for some can lead to public subsidies that result in higher costs for others. "If we look at
The role of insurance commissioner extends well beyond health care to life insurance and fire insurance and business insurance. But health care is the focus as the industry undergoes changes, and Kreidler emphasizes the need to look at the system holistically while assessing out-of-pocket costs in addition to premiums.
"You want an insurance commissioner who not only reads the fine print but holds companies accountable," Kreidler said.
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