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  • Health Premiums Have Climbed $4,865 Since Obama Promised to Cut Them $2,500

    09/24/2015 3:49:39 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 46 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 9/23/2015 | John Merline
    Employer-based health insurance premiums climbed 4.2% this year for family plans, according to an annual Kaiser Family Foundation report. That's up from 3% the year before. Since 2008, average family premiums have climbed a total of $4,865.
  • Oregonians' health premiums poised for big hikes next year

    06/19/2015 7:30:20 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    OregonLive ^ | June 18, 2015 | Nick Budnick
    More than 220,000 Oregonians who buy their own health insurance are poised to pay higher premiums next year -- some of them a lot higher. State regulators on Thursday announced rates for people who aren't covered by their employers or government programs. And the news is not good. While some insurers proposed rates similar to or better than this year's, officials are ordering them to be raised -- saying they need to close a sizable gap between what insurers have collected and what they spend on claims. As a result, the least expensive "silver" plan premium available to a 40-year-old...
  • Explaining the proposed Minnesota health insurance rate increases

    06/05/2015 5:28:59 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-5-15 | David Montgomerty
    June 05--Minnesotans got a shock Thursday when the state's health insurers proposed "eye-popping" rate increases for people who buy health insurance on the individual market -- premium increases as high as 70 percent. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Gov. Mark Dayton condemned the increases as "outrageous" and suggested they should be scaled back. Republicans saw them as reason to criticize the state-run portion of that market, MNsure. Here's the background about these premium increases, why they're happening and what they mean: What's proposed? Federal law requires health insurers to disclose any premium increases above 10 percent. Those were released Wednesday, and in Minnesota, there...
  • 8 Minnesota Health Plans Propose Big Premium Hikes for 2016

    06/03/2015 8:31:32 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    KSTP ^ | 6-1-15 | Cassie Hart
    Eight Minnesota health plans have proposed big premium increases for 2016, ranging from 11 to 74 percent. The rate increases are only proposals for now and must be approved by state regulators before they can be finalized. But Minnesota Public Radio reports the proposals drew an angry response from Gov. Mark Dayton. The governor calls the proposed rate increases "outrageous" given that Minnesota's health care costs have been increasing by only 3 percent. He says they need a "rigorous review" before they become final Oct. 1. Some of the policies will be offered through MNsure, the state health insurance exchange....
  • Huge ObamaCare Rate Hikes Are Sign Of Worse Things To Come

    06/03/2015 4:45:58 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 31 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/03/2015 | IBD Staff
    Health Reform: A year ago, we were told with great certainty that ObamaCare critics had it all wrong when they warned about coming premium rate shocks. Then came the eye-popping rate requests for next year.
  • Obamacare advocates seek to fix problem they made worse

    05/26/2015 4:33:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 25, 2015 | Byron York
    Back in 2009, when Congress was debating the Affordable Care Act, many liberal Democrats felt it did not go far enough ó that it should be even more sweeping, even more expansive, even more costly. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, one of the Senate's most liberal Democrats and a veteran of many legislative battles, urged his colleagues on the Left to go ahead and pass the bill. "The key to this is that this modest home, we can put additions onto it in the future," Harkin told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow in December 2009. "But if we don't have the starter home, we're...
  • No biggie: Your Obamacare premiums are going up. Way up in some cases.

    05/24/2015 6:24:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The ‚ÄúAffordable‚ÄĚ Care Act may be looking for a new name in the near future. As Fox News and the Wall Street Journal are reporting, the next round of health care premium cost adjustments are coming down the pike, and you‚Äôll never guess where things are heading. Okay‚Ķ you probably guessed already. The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Obamacare rates are about to shoot up, in some cases as much as 40%. The rate increases requested by insurance carriers vary state by state, but the overall picture is bad.¬ďIn New Mexico, market leader Health Care Service Corp....
  • Response from Senator Casey [Obamacare]

    04/02/2015 2:54:46 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    Office of Senator Bob Casey ^ | April 2, 2015 | Senator Bob Casey
    Dear XXXXXXX: Thank you for taking the time to contact me about health insurance premiums and the Affordable Care Act. I appreciate hearing from you about this issue. Over the next several years, the Affordable Care Act will extend health insurance coverage to an additional 30 million Americans, ensuring that 95 percent of our Nation has access to quality, affordable care. I recognize that the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, and that some changes may need to be made. However, I believe that this law reflects our Nationís commitment to ensuring access to health care for all Americans. One...
  • Obamacare premiums to significantly spike: CBO

    03/09/2015 10:58:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies ^ | Monday, March 9, 2015 | By Stephen Dinan
    Obamacare exchange customers could see a significant spike in their premiums over the next few years as insurers face pressures from both the government and the marketplace, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday in a new analysis finding Obamacare is both cheaper and less comprehensive than predicted. The CBO said the exchanges and other new medical coverage under the Affordable Care Act will cost the government slightly more than half a trillion dollars over the next five years, which is about $200 billion less than than the $710 billion projected when the law was enacted in 2010. Some of that...
  • (VANITY) What happens to the U.S. economy when so many are forced to pay much higher healthcare prem

    11/09/2014 7:42:21 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 74 replies
    VANITY Healthcare Act Implementation | 9 October 2014 | Mene
    We just finished enrolling our family in the healthcare plan provided by my wife's employer. The deductible is $3000 per individual and $6000 for family. Our oldest son, who works for a private company, has also been put on our plan because he could not afford to pay the health exchange prices nor his employer's healthcare plan. My wife was paying about $450 per month on the healthcare premiums to cover the family. Now, we are suddenly going to be paying $650 per month and there are NO choices - just one plan from which everyone can choose. It only...
  • Satire: Administration Bureaucrat Says Canceled Health Insurance an ďInvitationĒ

    11/01/2014 8:51:35 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    As more and more people are bounced out of health insurance plans they liked, Health and Human Services Regional Director Joanne Grossie insisted on calling the cancellations ďinvitations to obtain better plans.Ē ďA lot of times people will lapse into being satisfied with an inferior product or service out of pure inertia,Ē Grossie maintained. ďBy outlawing substandard policies the Affordable Care Act forces people to upgrade to better plans.Ē Grossie rejected the idea that a person might genuinely prefer a so-called substandard policy. ďA single man might think he has no need to pay for coverage of gynecological services, maternity...
  • Obamacare sends health premiums skyrocketing by as much as 78 percent

    10/28/2014 7:57:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 28, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Covering pre-existing conditions and Ďessential benefitsí raising insurance plan costsThe Affordable Care Act was supposed to make health care more affordable, but a newly released study of insurance policies before and after Obamacare shows that average premiums have skyrocketed, for some groups by as much as 78 percent. Average insurance premiums in the sought-after 23-year-old demographic rose most dramatically, with men in that age group seeing an average 78.2 percent price increase before factoring in government subsidies, and women having their premiums rise 44.9 percent, according to a report by HealthPocket scheduled for release Wednesday. The study, which was shared...
  • Admin Wonít Release Final Premiums Until After Elections

    10/12/2014 3:41:59 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/09/14 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The Obama administration has already debuted its new, improved version of, but still wonít release premium rates on the website until after the Nov. 4 elections
  • Obama Claims Obamacare is Working Ė You Just Havenít Noticed

    10/04/2014 8:14:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | October 4, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    I¬ím beginning to think that Obama doesn¬ít actually have any speech writers or talking-point authors‚Ķ He¬ís just recycling the set of talking points he was handed in the first four years of his tenure. During a recent Q&A session at a campaign event in Princeton Indiana, the President trotted out the tried-and-failed talking points of 2012 to defend his signature healthcare law.¬†According to the Free Beacon:¬ďWe are seeing almost a double-digit increase in health-care costs every year,¬Ē General Manager Mihir Paranjape said. ¬ďDo you think that trend is going to go down, and what can we do to control that...
  • ObamaCare caused some premiums to nearly double in California

    07/31/2014 1:16:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/31/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The bad news in California: If you liked your plan and/or your doctor, many of you couldn‚Äôt keep either if you had an individual-market plan. The worse news in California: If you liked your premiums, you definitely couldn‚Äôt keep those. In the first year of ObamaCare, premiums rose in the Golden State anywhere from 22% to 88% from the previous year ‚ÄĒ even as insurer networks narrowed so much that consumers had a tough time finding a provider at all: The cost of health insurance for individuals skyrocketed this year in California, with some paying almost twice what they...
  • MNsure failing to produce results

    07/23/2014 9:12:27 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    Quad Community Press ^ | 7-22-14 | Linda Runbeck
    Itís been almost one year since Minnesota rolled out its state version of Obamacare, called MNsure. How is this experiment with government-run health care working? Letís start with the basic fact that Minnesotaís health care is second to none. Before MNsure, close to 97 percent of Minnesotans had health insurance coverage or were eligible to procure it at very low or no cost. This was among the highest percentage of insured people in the nation. Some $160 million in taxpayer money has been spent to launch MNsure, and we are no better off today. The state had two unique programs:...
  • MNsure Monthly Premiums Likely to Increase Significantly

    07/10/2014 7:22:08 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    KSTP ^ | 7-9-14 | Jay Kolls
    The head of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans gave a hint of what might come soon to those who pay for health insurance coverage through MNsure, Minnesota's health care exchange. Julie Brunner is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, which is the professional association for the HMOs that offer health coverage through MNsure. Brunner recently told a University of Minnesota symposium that she would "not be surprised if the health plans increased their rates by 8, 10, or even 12 percent." Gov. Mark Dayton tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he would be disappointed by such a...
  • Democrats Scramble to Get Ahead of Obamacare Minefield Before Midterms (Price Hikes Ahead!!!)

    07/07/2014 1:48:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/7/14 | Arit John - Atlantic Wire
    States are now releasing their preliminary 2015 Obamacare premiums, which means price hikes could become another negative talking point right before the midterm elections. The difference between now and previous moments of bad health care PR is that Democrats insist they're getting ahead of it this time. But even then, there are a number of other issues coming up: the left's increasing aversion to the employer mandate, questions about how young and healthy this year's enrollees are and, as always, whether the Affordable Care Act is actually affordable. As Politico noted Monday, the White House's "internal health care enrollment outreach...
  • New York Healthcare Premiums Are About To Explode ('Tithing' to support ObamaCare ain't cheap!)

    07/03/2014 8:27:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 7/3/14 | Brett LoGiurato - Business Insider
    Insurance companies operating in New York State's marketplace are expected to ask for double-digit premium hikes next year, according to new filings from the companies. Capital New York reports the average requested increase was 13%. The New York Post reports that number at about 12%. But the bigger insurers are seeking a bigger premium hike ó according to Capital, the six most popular plans in New York are requesting an average increase of almost 15%. The Post reports that Excellus Health Plan, which has about 24,000 customers, is requesting a 19.7% hike. MVP Health Plan, which has nearly 33,000 customers,...
  • Poll: Many still struggle to pay health premiums (Zerocare lies strike again)

    06/19/2014 10:06:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 19, 2014 11:28 AM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Most people who signed up under President Barack Obamaís health care law rate their new insurance highly, but a substantial number are struggling with the cost, according to a poll released Thursday. The survey from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation provides findings that both sides in the health care debate can seize on. Itís an ambitious look at people who buy their coverage individually; theyíre the ones most affected by the Affordable Care Act. [Ö] Despite the availability of generous subsidies, 4 in 10 of those who bought a plan that meets the lawís specifications said they had difficulty paying...
  • Federal insurance exchange subsidies cut premiums by average of 76%, HHS reports

    06/18/2014 11:35:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/18/2014 | AMY GOLDSTEIN
    The Americans who qualify for tax credits through the new federal insurance exchange are paying an average of $82 a month in premiums for their coverage ó about one-fourth the bill they would have faced without such financial help, according to a new government analysis. But the analysis shows wide variations among states in the premiums that people are paying for their new insurance, the amount the government is picking up and the proportion who qualify for the subsidies. The 28-page report, by the Department of Health and Human Services, is the governmentís first effort to gauge the affordability and...
  • What a coincidence! Key states set to announce health care premium rate increases for 2015

    05/22/2014 9:44:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/22/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Yesterday I noted that the Obama administration snuck the mechanism and $3.5 billion in funding for an insurer bailout, bypassing Congress and wheedling insurance companies to keep 2015 premiums low. The Hill‚Äôs report on the announcement dates for rate hikes explains the timing of this effort. Thirteen states will announce the newly approved rate plans for 2015 ‚ÄĒ including a handful of those Democrats desperately need to keep in the midterms: Premiums are expected to go up in a majority of states, as they do every year, but the size of the increases could go a long way toward...
  • Uh oh: House committee claims only 2/3 of federal ObamaCare enrollees paid first premium by April 15

    05/01/2014 5:32:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/30/2014 | AllahPundit
    And you know what that means: No money, no coverage, which means the widely touted figure of eight million enrollments that Barack ‚ÄúMission Accomplished‚ÄĚ Obama‚Äôs been pushing lately is flatly bogus. Anyone who hasn‚Äôt paid by the end of the grace period offered by their insurer ‚ÄĒ and some of those grace periods were undoubtedly extended beyond April 15th, the cut-off date for this analysis ‚ÄĒ will be tossed from the rolls.The figure that‚Äôs been cited for months on payment rates is 80 percent. The Energy and Commerce Committee claims it‚Äôs actually significantly lower, at least when it comes to...
  • Coming attractions for the Obamacare disaster film

    04/14/2014 7:15:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/14/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Betsy McCaughey, who knows as much about Obamacare as anyone who wasn’t involved in writing it, offers a preview of the new disasters about to unfold as the health care law kicks in. If the law were a disaster film, her article could serve as the trailer for part 2.She expects a wave of premium defaults, and explains why even the AMA, a big proponent of the law, is worried: First-time insurance purchasers, especially those living paycheck to paycheck, will be shocked by ObamaCare’s high deductibles, about $3,000 for the silver plan (the most commonly selected) and $5,000 for the...
  • Media Hype 'Good' ObamaCare News, Bury The Bad

    04/10/2014 4:52:30 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/09/2014 | IBD Staff
    Bias: The media are cheering a survey that, they say, shows ObamaCare is working miracles. It shows nothing of the kind. Meanwhile, they're ignoring another report that finds ObamaCare-induced premium spikes. 'Millions More People Are Getting Health Insurance Because Of ObamaCare," screams a headline on the left-wing Huffington Post. Countless other major news outlets more or less echoed this line, calling it a big win for ObamaCare. They and others are all talking about a Rand Corp. survey that, in fact, finds no such thing.
  • Health Plan Premiums Are Skyrocketing According To New Survey Of 148 Insurance Brokers,

    04/09/2014 6:27:13 AM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7 Apr 14 | Dr. Scott Gottlieb
    Health Plan Premiums Are Skyrocketing According To New Survey Of 148 Insurance Brokers, With Delaware Up 100%, California 53%, Florida 37%, Pennsylvania 28%13 Health insurance premiums are showing the sharpest increases perhaps ever according to a survey of brokers who sell coverage in the individual and small group market. Morgan Stanleyís healthcare analysts conducted the proprietary survey of 148 brokers. The April survey shows the largest acceleration in small and individual group rates in any of the 12 prior quarterly periods when it has been conducted. The average increases are in excess of 11% in the small group market and...
  • Cleveland Clinic CEO: 3/4 Of Obamacare Signups Will Face Higher Premiums

    03/30/2014 11:30:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/30/14 | Staff
    A leading healthcare expert poured cold water on the administrationís recent Obamacare enthusiasm, saying that three quarters of those signed up will face higher premiums than under their previous insurance. ďOut of people that have signed up about three quarters will find premiums higher than previously with other insurance,Ē Dr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic said on Fox News Sunday. ďHospitals are going to be paid less for what they do,Ē Cosgrove continued. ďAnd we also know insurers are paying less too. We have to become more efficient in how we deliver care which is a big changefor...
  • ObamaCare premiums to double in some areas next year

    03/19/2014 7:43:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/19/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember how Barack Obama and Democrats promised to ‚Äúbend the cost curve downward‚ÄĚ with ObamaCare? Well, they got most of that promise correct. ObamaCare has bent the cost curve all right, but sharply upward ‚ÄĒ and in 2015, expect them to not just bend but absolutely ‚Äúskyrocket,‚ÄĚ according to The Hill: Health industry officials say ObamaCare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country, countering claims recently made by the administration.The expected rate hikes will be announced in the coming months amid an intense election year, when control of the Senate is up for grabs. The sticker shock would...
  • $1 Extra in Pay Could Mean $20,000 More in Obamacare Premiums

    02/07/2014 12:45:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 07 Feb 2014 10:33 AM | Lisa Barron
    In the wake of Tuesdayís Congressional Budget Office report showing that Obamacare will lead to a reduction in employee working hours, there is also bad news on the wages front. Noting that Obamacare provides subsidies for coverage to people earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty line, and that the subsidies decrease as income increases, the CBO said there is a strong incentive to reduce wages. ďPeople whose income exceeds 400 percent of the FPL are ineligible for premium subsidies, and for some people those subsidies will drop abruptly to zero when income crosses that threshold,Ē the report...
  • Here are the big losers in ObamaCare

    01/02/2014 3:24:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | 1-2-14 | Carl Campanile, Bruce Golding and Beth DeFalco
    New Yorkís small-business owners, seniors and doctors are among the big losers as President Obamaís prescription for health-insurance reform takes effect. The National Federation of Independent Businesses, an organization that represents nearly 11,000 entrepreneurs across the state, says it has yet to find a single member whose health-care costs are going down under the ObamaCare program, whose plans took effect New Yearís Day. Meanwhile, an ďoverwhelming majorityĒ of businesses canvassed by the group has reported increases in their insurance premiums, said Mike Durant, the NFIBís New York director. Michael Kennedy, who runs two family-owned dog-grooming salons near Albany, said changes...
  • What Obamacare Coverage Costs Congressmen

    12/05/2013 11:43:15 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-2-13 | Rebecca Ballhaus and Louise Radnofsky
    Some members of Congress are about to get their own kind of sticker shock when they head to the new insurance exchanges. A few will get a price cut. As the Journal has reported, a provision in the health law requires lawmakers to get their benefits alongside small-business employees for the first time, and that means lawmakersí premiums will suddenly be tied to their age. Members of Congress used to pay the same rate, regardless of how old they were, which was around $186 a month to cover just themselves on one popular plan after their employer (in this case,...
  • ObamaCare premiums more expensive than old premiums even with subsidies saysÖ Obama administration

    11/15/2013 7:33:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/15/2013 | Steve Eggleston
    Remember the claims from our friends on the Left, when the massive raw increases in the ObamaCare-compliant insurance premiums were exposed, that the subsidies from the taxpayers would mean the out-of-pocket expenses for ObamaCare insurance premiums would more than cover said raw increases for the average person? That‚Äôs just been blown out of the water, as the Daily Mail reports (H/T ‚Äď John Ekdahl): The Obama administration has directly conceded for the first time that ‚Äėin many cases,‚Äô health insurance plans offered through government exchanges are more expensive than plans consumers bought before the Affordable Care Act became law ¬Ė...
  • Insurance Industry: 'Higher Premiums'

    11/14/2013 12:16:21 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11-14-2013 | Susan Jones
    ( - After President Obama unilaterally changed his health care law on Thursday, the insurance industry issued a warning."Changing the rules after health plans have already met the requirements of the law could destabilize the market and result in higher premiums for consumers," said Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Here's Ignagni's full statement:
  • Health Sherpa - Tells you exactly what Obamacare premiums will be for you.

    11/09/2013 8:29:02 AM PST · by Reagan‹berAlles · 34 replies
    Health Sherpa ^ | 11/09/2013
    Find Your Health Plan Now Instantly compare premiums for health exchange plans in the 34 states without marketplace websites
  • The UN-Affordable Care Act

    11/02/2013 8:26:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | November 2, 2013 | Ed Feulner
    So how much more is your health insurance going to cost you? Thatís the question, really, as Obamacare begins taking effect and the stories pour in from around the country: how much your premiums are going up, not if they are. Rising costs are a fact of life, but the changes Americans are seeing as a result of the presidentís signature law are putting the ďshockĒ in ďsticker shock.Ē I recently had lunch with a friend who said his perfectly healthy 28-year old son had just received a notice from Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Illinois that on Jan. 1, his...
  • Study: Average Premiums for Young Women to Increase 193% (Obamacare's War on Women)

    10/24/2013 6:23:16 AM PDT · by Qbert · 32 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 23, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Healthy young women will see their premiums rise by an average of almost 200 percent under Obamacare, with increases occurring in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a new study.Earlier this month, the American Action Forum released an analysis that found the average 30-year-old male nonsmoker would see his premiums rise 260 percent. Using the same metrics, the organization found that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would be just as harsh on women trying to purchase bronze level plans, the cheapest insurance available in the marketplace. ďAll 50 states and the District of Columbia saw insurance...
  • Who Expected Premiums to Skyrocket with Obamacare? We Did!

    10/19/2013 6:32:27 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | October 18, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here's Therese in Detroit. Therese, glad you called. Great to have you. Open Line Friday. Hi. CALLER: Hi. How are you? RUSH: Superb. How are you? CALLER: Well, our accountant came in today for a visit, and we always talk about Obamacare, and he told us that he got a letter from Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He lives in North Carolina, but he does business in both states, and for him and his wife and two kids, the premium went from $800 a month up to $1700 a month, and his deductible went from $3,000... RUSH: Whoa ho!...
  • Heritage Chart Illustrates Higher Health Insurance Premiums After Obamacare

    10/17/2013 3:18:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush ^ | October 17, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Right here my formerly nicotine-stained fingers. It prints out perfectly on one page. I will show it to you. Yep. I'll show it to you there on the Dittocam. That's what it looks like. What it does, is state by state it tells you what your health insurance premiums were before Obamacare and the exchanges, what they will be after (i.e., when you go there), and what percentage change it is for an adult age 27, an adult age 50, and a family of four. Now, I'm gonna show you this. If you look at the colors,...
  • How Will You Fare in the Obamacare Exchanges?

    10/17/2013 8:48:39 AM PDT · by libstripper · 60 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | Oct. 17, 2013 | Drew Gonshorowski
    There are literally no comparisons to current rates. That is, [the Department of Health and Human Services] has chosen to dodge the question of whose rates are going up, and how much. Instead they try to distract with a comparison to a hypothetical number that has nothing to do with the actual experience of real people. óDouglas Holtz-Eakin President, American Action Forum[1] Enrollment in Obamacareís health insurance exchanges has proven to be a somewhat difficult process amidst technical glitches and delays. Aside from the issues associated with actually purchasing health care, once an individual gets a quote for health insurance...
  • 6 Things Every American Should Know About Obamacare

    10/12/2013 2:12:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | October 12, 2013 | John Hawkins
    If you think every American should know these facts about Obamacare, do your part to spread this column around and make it happen. 1) Millions of Americans are paying much more for health care because of Obamacare. Obama's new health care law has a lot of new requirements, restrictions, and red tape. That means the cost of plans is going up and the amount of competition in many states is going down. Because of this, the price of health care is soaring all across the country. Here are a couple of examples of how bad it is already getting. Cindy...
  • Credit Scores Impact new Affordable Care Act Premiums

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Many people signing up for health care in Florida through the Affordable Care Act have been shocked when they have to give proof of their credit score before they finish the process. Anne Packham, one of many people licensed by the state to help people navigate the government's website, said on Tuesday that the credit check occurs so providers can make an educated decision about who to insure.
  • North Carolinians Shocked By The Size Of Insurance Premium Increases Caused By Obamacare

    10/07/2013 9:21:56 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 63 replies ^ | October 7, 2013 | By John Hawkins
    How many Americans are being smashed by these same sort of crushing financial blows because of Obamacare? Across North Carolina, thousands of people have been shocked in recent weeks to find out their health insurance plans will be canceled at the end of the year Ė and premiums for comparable coverage could increase sharply. One of them is George Schwab of Charlotte, who pays $228 a month for his familyís $10,000 deductible plan from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. In a Sept. 23 letter, Blue Cross notified him that his current plan doesnít meet benefit requirements outlined...
  • Obamacare Facebook Erupts with Citizen Sticker Shock

    10/05/2013 1:09:35 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/4/13 | Wynton Hall
    On Thursday, the government's official Obamacare Facebook page was riddled with people expressing sticker shock over the government's high cost premiums after struggling for hours to wade through the technical failures vexing Obamacare exchanges all across the country. "I am so disappointed," wrote one woman. "These prices are outrageous and there are huge deductibles. No one can afford this!" The comment received 169 "likes." "There is NO WAY I can afford it," said one commenter after using the Kaiser Subsidy Calculator. "Heck right now I couldn't afford an extra 10$ [sic] a month...and oh apparently I make to [sic] much...
  • Obamacare causes healthcare premiums for Kentucky family to triple to nearly $1000 PER MONTH

    10/04/2013 2:45:11 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 16 replies ^ | Oct 2013 | FoxNews (You Tube)
    ‚Ė∂ Obamacare causes healthcare premiums for Kentucky family to triple to nearly $1000 PER MONTH - YouTube
  • Some Nebraskansí premiums to triple under ObamaCare

    09/27/2013 8:13:02 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 27 replies ^ | September 27, 2013 | By Deena Winter
    Todd Blome's phone has been ringing off the hook this week with clients seeking tax advice after learning they'll get a "shocking increase" in their health insurance premiums when Obamacare's health insurance exchanges begin operating. Letters have been landing in mailboxes all over Nebraska explaining the impact Obamacare will have on people who buy insurance coverage on their own, rather than through work. Blome, a Lincoln accountant, understands: He got a letter, too. Blue Cross Blue Shield Nebraska informed Blome his health care plan will terminate at year's end, and if he wants to move to a similar plan his...
  • Premiums unveiled for health overhaul plans (why were they veiled?)

    09/24/2013 9:27:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 25, 2013 12:18 AM EDT | Ricardo Alonzo-Zaldivar
    With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents. Before tax credits that work like an upfront discount for most consumers, sticker-price premiums for a mid-range benchmark plan will average $328 a month nationally for an individual, comparable to payments for a new car. The overview of premiums and plan choices, released Wednesday by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, comes as the White House swings into full campaign mode to promote the benefits of the...
  • It's Official: Obamacare Will Increase Health Spending By $7,450 For A Typical Family of Four

    09/23/2013 7:28:59 AM PDT · by don-o · 41 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 23, 2013 | Chris Conover
    What this means for a typical family of four $621 billion is a pretty eye-glazing number. Most readers will find it easier to think about how this number translates to a typical American familyóthe very family candidate Obama promised would see $2,500 in annual savings as far as the eye could see. So I have taken the latest year-by-year projections, divided by the projected population and multiplied the result by 4. Simplistic? Maybe, but so too was the Presidentís campaign promise. And this approach allows us to see just how badly that promise fell short of the mark. Between 2014...
  • Video: ObamaCare hikes Wisconsin premiums as much as 125%

    09/04/2013 8:25:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/04/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Last week, Nebraskans discovered that insurance premiums would rise as much as 143%, thanks to the mandates in ObamaCare that will take effect in January. This week it’s Wisconsin’s turn. The local Fox affiliate reports that premiums will rise in every age category by at least a third, and that some coverage could increase as much as 125%, thanks to ObamaCare (via the Weekly Standard): The state’s Office of the Commissioner of Insurance released estimates of how premium rates for individuals will change under the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. Those reflect increases from 10% on the low end...
  • Real World Economics: Our health costs will rise, no matter who pays

    08/25/2013 12:24:18 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-24-13 | Ed Lotterman
    Regardless of how we structure the financing of health care -- mandatory private insurance in the Affordable Care Act, government-run single-payer, vouchers, or our current muddle -- we are going to face the challenge that the cost of health care itself will rise faster than national output, the general price level and median household incomes. This means that spending on health will take up a larger portion of resources, both at the national and household levels. snip We have a muddled system of health care delivery that is part free market and part regulated. One of the market aspects is...
  • Health Premiums Climbed $2,976 Since 2009, Despite Obama Vow to Cut them $2,500

    08/23/2013 5:48:17 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 08/23/2013 | John Merline
    The average employer-provided family health insurance premiums have climbed $2,976 since 2009, according to an annual Kaiser Family Foundation survey released this week. They're up $3,671 compared with the year before President Obama took office. That's despite Obama's repeated promises that the health care reform law he championed would cut premiums by $2,500 in his first term. And while annual premium increases have moderated over the past two years, that's due to trends in the insurance market largely unrelated to ObamaCare, and trends the law could actually reverse.