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Bruce Braley’s Dubious ObamaCare Claim

- October 9, 2013

BRALEY CLAIMS INSURANCE PRICES ARE “DRAMATICALLY LOWER” UNDER OBAMACARE

Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA) Claimed That Insurance Prices Are “Dramatically Lower” In The ObamaCare Exchanges Than They Were Before The Law Was Passed. BRALEY: “It took a long time for our Governor to embrace the expansion of Medicaid, and there’s a waiver request pending before the Secretary that’s kind of a hybrid, but it was passed by the Iowa legislature, which includes the Democrats in charge of the Senate.  And what happened is, when the marketplace opened up the pricing on these products is dramatically lower than pricing available to consumers before the Affordable Care Act went into place.” (Bruce Braley, Bill Press Show Interview, 10/9/13)

  • Braley: “The Effects That Were Supposed To Happen Are Happening.” BRALEY: “Now, for the first time since the 1960’s, we’ve seen health care costs go up less than four percent in two consecutive years. So the reality is the effects that were supposed to happen are happening.” (Bruce Braley, Bill Press Show Interview, 10/9/13)

Contrary To Braley’s Claims, Iowans Face Dramatically Higher Healthcare Costs Under ObamaCare

According To HHS’s Report On Premiums In The ObamaCare Exchanges, A 27 Year Old In Iowa Will Pay An Average Of $139 A Month For The Lowest Cost Bronze Plan – An Increase Of 277.38 Percent Over Average Premiums Previously Available. (Office Of The Assistant Secretary For Planning And Evaluation, “Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums For 2014,” HHS, 9/13; John E. Dickson, Director Of Health Care For The Government Accountability Office, Letter To Honorable Orrin G. Hatch, 7/23/13)

One Iowa Family Faces Insurance Costs Equaling One Quarter Of Their Monthly Income Due To A Glitch In ObamaCare. “Matt Sowden seems like precisely the kind of American who could expect help from Obamacare.  Sowden, 27, is a Navy veteran and a college student who is paying more than he can handle for health insurance. His coverage comes via a plan his wife’s employer offers the family of four for nearly $500 per month. The premium drains about a quarter of the Des Moines family’s income.” (Tony Leys “Health Care Reform: Some Married Couples Face Expensive Glitch,” Des Moines Register, 10/5/13)

  • Sowden Is Ineligible For Insurance Subsidies Because His Wife Is Offered “Affordable” Coverage By Her Employer. “Matt Sowden is a full-time Drake University student who plans to graduate in December and look for a job. If he can’t immediately find one that carries insurance, he plans to buy a policy for himself on the government’s new online health insurance marketplace.  If Sowden were single, he would qualify for a significant public subsidy to help him pay the premium on such a policy. But he won’t qualify, because his wife is offered “affordable” coverage by her employer, a Des Moines social services agency” (Tony Leys “Health Care Reform: Some Married Couples Face Expensive Glitch,” Des Moines Register, 10/5/13)
     
  • But ObamaCare Does Not Consider The Costs Of Insuring A Family When Determining Whether Coverage Is “Affordable.” “Wait: How can a policy that chews up a quarter of a family’s income be considered affordable?  The answer: Because the government considers only how much it would cost Jodi Sowden to insure herself under her employer’s plan. It doesn’t consider how much she must spend to also insure her husband and their daughters, Reighlee, 3, and Vivienne, 10 months.  Like many companies, Jodi Sowden’s employer charges much less for a single person’s policy than it does for a family plan. In her case, the single-person premium would be about $150 per month. Even though the family policy costs more than three times as much, Matt Sowden would be ineligible for the new public subsidies on the exchange.” (Tony Leys “Health care reform: Some married couples face expensive glitch,” Des Moines Register, 10/5/13)

Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Iowa’s Largest Health Insurance Provider, Is Not Offering Plans On Iowa’s ObamaCare Exchange. “Iowans who check out the state’s new online health insurance purchasing system this fall won’t see any policies being offered by Iowa’s dominant carrier, but they will see plans from several other companies.  The state’s main health insurer, Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield, said Monday that it will wait a year before selling policies on the state’s new health insurance exchange. Six other carriers have applied to sell health policies on the system, either to individuals, small businesses or both.” (Tony Leys, “Wellmark To Sit Out Of Exchange Next Year,” Des Moines Register, 7/1/13)

  • Wellmark Currently Supplies More Than 80 Percent Of Iowa’s Individual Insurance Plans. “Wellmark now sells more than 80 percent of Iowa health insurance policies purchased by individual consumers instead of by employers. Its decision not to participate in the exchange surprised some national experts, because the carrier could risk losing some of its customers.” (Tony Leys, “Wellmark To Sit Out Of Exchange Next Year,” Des Moines Register, 7/1/13)

EVEN IF IOWANS COULD AFFORD OBAMACARE’S PRICES, THEY CAN’T ENROLL IN PLANS DUE TO PERSISTENT WEBSITE GLITCHES

A Week After ObamaCare’s Exchanges Came Online, Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart Is Still Not Aware Of A Single Iowan Who Has Successfully Purchased Insurance Through The Exchange. “Iowa’s insurance commissioner says he doesn’t know if any Iowans have managed to sign up for policies on the government’s new health insurance exchange.  The exchanges, also known as online marketplaces, have been plagued with technical problems since opening last Tuesday.  Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said Tuesday that he has not heard of any Iowans successfully enrolling via the new system.” (Tony Leys, “Iowans Advised To Wait On Health Insurance Policies,” Des Moines Register, 10/9/13)

Federal Officials Are Refusing To Give Gerhart Any Enrollment Statistics. “The commissioner said federal officials told him a week or so ago that they probably wouldn’t offer any enrollment estimates until November.  ‘We suggested it would be better if we got information sooner,’ Gerhart said.” (Tony Leys, “Iowans Advised To Wait On Health Insurance Policies,” Des Moines Register, 10/9/13) 

  • “When Asked If He Thought Federal Officials Would Be Touting Enrollment Numbers By Now If The Project Was Going Well, He Responded, ‘I Would Sure As Heck Think So.’” (Tony Leys, “Iowans Advised To Wait On Health Insurance Policies,” Des Moines Register, 10/9/13)

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