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ObamaCare Is Failing To Lower Premiums

- January 7, 2013

THEN: As A Candidate, Obama Promised His Plan Would "Bring Down Premiums By $2,500 For The Typical Family." "And if you already have health insurance and you want to keep that health insurance, we will bring down premiums by $2,500 for the typical family. And we will prevent insurance companies from discriminating against those who need care the most." (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At Campaign Event, Raleigh, NC, 6/9/08)

NOW: ObamaCare Is Failing To Cut The "Rapid Rise" In Premiums As Health Insurers Are Requesting And "Winning Double-Digit" Premium Increases. "Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration's health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers." (Reed Abelson, "Health Insurers Raise Some Rates By Double Digits," The New York Times, 1/5/13)

A Federal Study Produced By Health And Human Services (HHS) Found That 36 Percent Of The Insurance Industries' "Requests To Raise Rates By 10 Percent Or More Were Found To Be Reasonable." According to the federal analysis, 36 percent of the requests to raise rates by 10 percent or more were found to be reasonable." (Reed Abelson, "Health Insurers Raise Some Rates By Double Digits," The New York Times, 1/5/13)

  • Insurers In States Like Florida And Ohio Have Raised Premiums "At Least 20 Percent" Which "Amount To Several Hundred Dollars A Month." "In other states, like Florida and Ohio, insurers have been able to raise rates by at least 20 percent for some policy holders. The rate increases can amount to several hundred dollars a month." (Reed Abelson, "Health Insurers Raise Some Rates By Double Digits," The New York Times, 1/5/13) 
  • Three Health Insurance Companies In California Are Requesting Premium Increases Upwards Of 20 Percent. "In California, Aetna is proposing rate increases of as much as 22 percent, Anthem Blue Cross 26 percent and Blue Shield of California 20 percent for some of those policy holders, according to the insurers' filings with the state for 2013." (Reed Abelson, "Health Insurers Raise Some Rates By Double Digits," The New York Times, 1/5/13)

Americans Are Disadvantaged By Higher Premiums

Small Businesses And Those That Lack "Employer-Provided Insurance" Are Especially Susceptible To The High Premiums. "Particularly vulnerable to the high rates are small businesses and people who do not have employer-provided insurance and must buy it on their own." (Reed Abelson, "Health Insurers Raise Some Rates By Double Digits," The New York Times, 1/5/13)

  • "But Many People Elsewhere Have Experienced Significant Jumps In The Premiums They Pay." (Reed Abelson, "Health Insurers Raise Some Rates By Double Digits," The New York Times, 1/5/13)

Americans Aren't "Better Off" As The 4 Percent Increase In Health Care Premiums Has Outpaced "The Rise In Wages." "Slower growth in health insurance premiums doesn't mean workers are better off, however. The 4 percent increase in the cost of job-based health benefits is still higher than the rise in wages, which went up 1.7 percent, or inflation, which was 2.3 percent, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Health Research and Educational Trust and the journal Health Affairs noted in a press release." (Jeffrey Young, "Health Care Costs For Workers Almost Doubled Since 2002, New Survey Finds," The Huffington Post , 9/11/12)

FactCheck.org: ObamaCare Is Actually Making Health Care "Less Affordable." "At the moment, the new law is making health care slightly less affordable. Independent health care experts say the law has caused some insurance premiums to rise. As we wrote in October, the new law has caused about a 1 percent to 3 percent increase in health insurance premiums for employer-sponsored family plans because of requirements for increased benefits. Last year's premium increases cast even more doubt on another promise the president has made - that the health care law would 'lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year.'" (D'Angelo Gore, "Promises, Promises," FactCheck.org, 1/4/12)


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