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Here’s something from our list of Obamacare facts we’ve been examining: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was supposed to make healthcare cheaper for all Americans, even free for some.
Facing constant criticism for his landmark healthcare bill, U.S. President Barack Obama continues to preach that new healthcare will indeed lower costs. Just two weeks ago he went so far as to claim that “for the 85% to 90% of Americans who already have health insurance, they’re already experiencing most of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act even if they don’t know it.”
Unfortunately, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that’s the case.
“Despite promises that the law will lower costs, [Obamacare] will in fact cause the premiums of many Americans to spike substantially,” a new report released by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce concluded. “The broken promises are numerous, and the data reveals that many Americans, from recent college graduates to older adults, will not be able to afford the law’s higher costs.”
The report, based on responses from 17 insurance companies to a letter from lawmakers asking them to estimate the effects Obamacare would have on premiums, found that individuals in about 90% of all states would likely face “significant premium increases.”
Further, consumers purchasing health insurance in the individual market may face premium increases of nearly 100% on average, with potential highs eclipsing 400%, the study found.
Insurers warn that premiums will increase because Obamacare requires increased healthcare services and benefits while at the same time limiting insurers’ ability to charge consumers based on age or health status.
Increased minimum coverage requirements for those already insured will lift premiums, and insuring 30 million currently uninsured Americans, many of whom are unhealthy, will only compound those effects.
Using data provided by one of the leading insurers, the following graphic – prepared by the Energy and Commerce Committee – highlights just how badly Obamacare could hurt individuals, even ones who already have insurance.
In addition, small businesses in almost every state will see premiums rise. On average, increases will be 10%, but in some states premiums will increase 50%, with the potential for 100% surges for some small businesses.
For more on surviving Obamacare, check out this exclusive interview we conducted with author Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D., the author of “Beating Obamacare: Your Handbook for the New Healthcare Law.”