Will Obama Mention ObamaCare’s Negative Effects On Women And Their Families?

- May 10, 2013

Today, Obama Will Once Again Try To Sell ObamaCare To Women. "Obama will speak from the White House this afternoon about the ACA's effects 'on the health, lives and pocketbooks of women and their families,' the White House said." (Jason Millman, "Obama Touts Health Law Today," Politico's Pulse, 5/10/13)


Obama's Promise That ObamaCare Will Bring Down Health Premiums "Seems A Stretch Now." "Obama has promised that the new law will bring costs down. That seems a stretch now. While the nation has been enjoying a lull in health care inflation the past few years, even some former administration advisers say a new round of cost-curbing legislation will be needed." (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, "Study: Health Overhaul To Raise Claims Cost 32 Percent," The Associated Press, 3/26/13)

  • As A Candidate, Obama Promised That His Health Care Reform Would Save American Families $2,500 By The End Of His First Term. OBAMA: "If you've got health insurance, we're going to work with you to lower your premiums by $2500 per family per year. And we will not wait 20 years from now to do it or 10 years from now to do it. We will do it by the end of my first term as president of the United States of America." (Senator Barack Obama, Remarks At Campaign Event, Columbus, OH, 2/27/08)

Family Health Insurance Premiums Are Over $3,000 Higher Than What Obama Originally Promised . "Although President Obama repeatedly claimed that health-insurance premiums for a family would be $2,500 lower by the end of his first term, they are actually about $3,000 higher-a spread of about $5,500 per family." (Merrill Matthews and Mark E. Litow, Op-Ed, "ObamaCare's Health Insurance Sticker Shock," The Wall Street Journal, 1/13/13)

  • Under Obama, The Average Cost Of Family Health Care Premiums Has Increased By $3,065 From $12,680 To $15,745, A 24.2 Percent Increase. ("Employer Health Benefits, 2012 Annual Survey, Exhibit 6.4" The Kaiser Family Foundation, 2012)

The Nonpartisan Society Of Actuaries Has Found That ObamaCare Will Increase Health Insurance Costs "By An Average Of 32 Percent Per Person." "The Society of Actuaries, a nonpartisan professional association, has issued a new report warning that the cost of medical claims in the new individual-insurance market could rise by an average of 32% per person over the first few years the law is in place, as more people with higher medical needs get coverage, and that the impact will be very different depending on the state. Medical bills are another key factor in determining premiums." (Louise Radnofsky, "Sebelius: Some Could See Insurance Premiums," The Wall Street Journal , 3/26/13)

Democrats Have Conceded That ObamaCare Will Increase Health Care Premiums

Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Conceded That ObamaCare Will Be Partly Responsible For Higher Health Insurance Rates. SCHUMER: "Our insurance department is empowered to protect families and we're going to watch them like a hawk to make sure they do. Because if they don't, these rates could go through the roof." WHEC's RAY LEVATO: "Is it because of ObamaCare?" SCHUMER: "It's in part because of ObamaCare but health care costs have been going up by double digits for years and years and years." ( WHEC, 5/2/13)

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) Told The White House That He Was Concerned About ObamaCare's Impact On Health Care Premiums As Health Insurers In Maryland Have Filed Rate Increases Averaging 25 Percent. "Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Democrat of Maryland, said he told White House officials on Thursday that he was concerned about big rate increases being sought by the largest health insurer in his state. The company, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, has sought increases averaging 25 percent for individual insurance policies that will be sold in the state insurance exchange, and it is seeking increases of about 15 percent for small businesses. The company said the higher premiums reflected costs of complying with the new law." (Robert Pear, "Democratic Senators Tell White House Of Concerns About Health Care Law Rollout," The New York Times , 4/26/13)

Representative Ami Berra (D-CA) Is "Very Concerned" With ObamaCare Increasing The Costs Of Health Care. "'I'm moderately to very concerned,' Bera said. 'I have been consistently concerned about the cost of care going up.'" (Dan Morain, "Ami Bera Dings Obama Dings Obama Administration For Rollout Of Affordable Care Act," The Sacramento Bee's The Swarm, 5/1/13)


ObamaCare Has Already Caused Confusion For Americans And Small Businesses. "Confusion about the law and its requirements abounds, and even some small businesses that will not be affected may be changing their behavior because of it." (Catherine Rampell, "Part-Time Work Becomes Full-Time Wait For Better Job," The New York Times , 4/19/13)

To Avoid ObamaCare's Costs, Some Small Business Owners Plan To Avoid Expanding Their Business Above The 50 Full-Time Employee Threshold Or To Shift Full-Time Workers To Part-Time. "To avoid the employer mandate, some small firms are considering other strategies, such as increasing employees' share of the premiums, so they don't have to shoulder the entire cost of offering benefits. Others say they will stay under the 50 full-time employee threshold or deliberately turn full-time workers into part-timers." (Emily Maltby and Sarah E. Needleman, "Some Small Businesses Opt For The Health-Care Penalty," The Wall Street Journal, 4/7/13)

  • A Wall Street Journal Survey Found That 77 Percent Of Small Business Owners Expect Health Care Costs To Rise As ObamaCare Is Implemented. "Nearly half, or 46% of 889 small-business owners surveyed by The Wall Street Journal and Vistage International say they don't know if providing health insurance will be more or less costly than facing penalties. More than three quarters, or 77%, polled online from March 11 to March 20, expect their health-care plans to cost more next year under the health-care law." (Emily Maltby and Sarah E. Needleman, "Some Small Businesses Opt For The Health-Care Penalty," The Wall Street Journal, 4/7/13)

As New Provisions Of ObamaCare Are Implemented, Companies May "Limit Full-Time Staff" To Avoid ObamaCare's Mandates. "Starting in 2014, employers that had an average of at least 50 full-time employees in the previous calendar year will have to provide health insurance or face penalties. Some companies and franchise locations, like Darden Restaurants, which operates brands like Red Lobster and Olive Garden, suggested last year that they might seek to limit full-time staff to avoid activating this mandate." (Catherine Rampell, "Part-Time Work Becomes Full-Time Wait For Better Job," The New York Times , 4/19/13)

Democrats Are Airing Out Their Concerns That ObamaCare Is Bad For Business

Democrats Are Now Being More Vocal In Their Criticism Of ObamaCare, Partly Due To The Negative Effects On Small Business. "But they're more willing to support certain changes to the law, such as repealing its medical device tax. And they're more open to criticizing the implementation - particularly on an issue like choices for small businesses, which was a key part of the rhetorical push to pass healthcare reform in 2010." (Sam Baker, "ObamaCare Takes Friendly Fire," The Hill's Health Watch, 4/12/13)

Facing Reelection In 2014, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) Told The White House That Small Businesses In Her State Are Clueless In Complying With ObamaCare. "Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire, who is up for re-election next year, said, 'We are hearing from a lot of small businesses in New Hampshire that do not know how to comply with the law.'" (Robert Pear, "Democratic Senators Tell White House Of Concerns About Health Care Law Rollout," The New York Times , 4/26/13)

Senator Angus King (I-ME), Who Caucuses With Senate Democrats Said That He Is Concerned That ObamaCare's Regulations Will Have A Negative Impact On His Constituents And Maine's Small Businesses. "'I'm very worried about the regulations that are going to be coming out over the next several months,' he added, noting that his concern was based on feedback from constituents and businesses. 'I really think it's a danger to the future of the law if the regulations are not well thought out and minimally intrusive in order to achieve their ends.'" (Julian Hattem, "Angus King: Regulators Could Jeopardize ObamaCare," The Hill's Reg Watch, 5/9/13)

Democrats Have Complained About The Delay Of Small Business SHOP Exchange That Had Been Touted As A Program That Would Make Health Care Coverage Cheaper For Small Business. "Democrats complained this week about a one-year delay in a key program designed to help small businesses - a central selling point for the healthcare law that now won't be in place when voters head to the polls next year." (Sam Baker, "ObamaCare Takes Friendly Fire," The Hill's Health Watch, 4/12/13)

  • Senator Mary Landrieu Has Voiced Her Concerns About The Delay Of The SHOP Exchange. "Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) told The New York Times the delay will 'prolong and exacerbate health care costs that are crippling 29 million small businesses.'" (Sam Baker, "ObamaCare Takes Friendly Fire," The Hill's Health Watch, 4/12/13)

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