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Premiums Up $5,5000 Over Obama’s ‘Promise’

From Investors Business Daily:

Health Premiums Up $3,000; Obama Vowed $2,500 Cut

By JOHN MERLINE | 09/24/2012

During his first run for president, Barack Obama made one very specific promise to voters: He would cut health insurance premiums for families by $2,500, and do so in his first term.

But it turns out that family premiums have increased by more than $3,000 since Obama’s vow, according to the latest annual Kaiser Family Foundation employee health benefits survey.

Premiums for employer-provided family coverage rose $3,065 — 24% — from 2008 to 2012, the Kaiser survey found. Even if you start counting in 2009, premiums have climbed $2,370.

What’s more, premiums climbed faster in Obama’s four years than they did in the previous four under President Bush, the survey data show.

There’s no question about what Obama was promising the country, since he repeated it constantly during his 2008 campaign.

In a debate with Sen. John McCain, for example, Obama said "the only thing we’re going to try to do is lower costs so that those cost savings are passed onto you. And we estimate we can cut the average family’s premium by about $2,500 per year." …

To back that up, Obama pointed to a memo drafted by Harvard professors (and unpaid campaign advisers), which claimed that investing in health care IT, cutting administrative bloat, and improving management of chronic diseases would cut health costs by $140 billion a year. That would translate into $2,500 in premium savings for families.

But those projections were wildly optimistic, overestimating potential savings from IT, making big assumptions about disease management, and ignoring the fact that past government interventions have always increased health care administrative costs.

Meanwhile, the health reform law Obama signed in March 2010 has pushed up insurance costs.

In 2011, premiums spiked 9.5%, and many in the industry blame ObamaCare for at least part of it. Premiums climbed another 4.5% in 2012, Kaiser found.

And ObamaCare will continue to fuel health premium inflation.

First, the law piles on new coverage mandates. It requires insurance companies to provide 100% coverage for various types of preventive care, bans lifetime coverage limits, extends parents’ coverage to offspring up to 26 years old, and requires plans to meet certain "medical loss ratios." Coming up are rules on "essential standard benefits," limits on deductibles, bans on annual spending caps, and much more.

The experience with state mandates show that they only tend to grow over time, and get more expensive. The Council for Affordable Health Insurance found more than 2,200 state benefit mandates, which add from 10% to 50% to the cost of coverage.

"One of the biggest cost drivers in our health care system is the steady proliferation of federal and state-based coverage mandates," noted CAHI’s Victoria Craig Bunce.

Meanwhile, ObamaCare’s insurance reforms — guaranteed issue and community rating — will likely raise premiums, too…

What a surprise, huh?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Premiums Up $5,5000 Over Obama’s ‘Promise’”

  1. geronl

    Thanks. I still see liberals saying that ObamaCare helps the poor…. ugh

    http://asspos.blogspot.com

  2. canary

    Not only higher premiums, but double deductions, double co-payments, less coverage, and more exceptions in fine print that insurance companies can use to balk, delay, and penalize you and try to keep from covering you.

    More Insurance company and plans are covering less medical doctors and choices also.

    Now Insurance companies can wait 72 hours to approve emergency surgery and if you don’t get the approval they will penalize you by doubling the already double deductible.

    I’ll be a lot of people aren’t aware of changes. Such a rip.


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