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What the Administration Didn't Tell You About Obamacare Exchange Plans
Posted By Chris Jacobs On September 25, 2013 @ 12:01 am In Capitol Hill,Featured,Front Page,Obamacare | Comments Disabled
Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report regarding premiums and plan offerings in Obamacare’s exchanges for next year. Despite the Administration’s claims, premiums are going up due to Obamacare—and the quality of the “coverage” is, in many cases, going down.
In both today’s report and an earlier report  released in July, HHS claims that premiums are “lower than projected.” HHS bases its claim on a March 2012 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate  stating that premiums for a family would average $15,400 per year on the exchanges. The Administration report claims that weighted average premiums are “16 percent below projections” based on that CBO report—therefore Obamacare is lowering premiums.
What HHS didn’t mention is that CBO also estimated in a November 2009 analysis  that individually purchased insurance premiums would go up by an average $2,100 per family, due to the increased mandates and requirements included in Obamacare. So when HHS says that premiums are “below projections,” it really means that premiums are still going up as a result of Obamacare—just by less than originally advertised.
That’s a far cry from candidate Obama’s promise  that his health plan would lower premiums by $2,500 per year.
The HHS report also makes claims about a wide variety of plan offerings. What the report didn’t mention is that many of these “new” plans  are Medicaid managed care plans, which insurance companies admit  “will look a lot like the Medicaid plans we are currently administering.” HHS also didn’t mention that patients object to being placed in a program with low physician reimbursements  and poor health outcomes —even some Medicaid patients don’t call the program “real insurance .”
So instead of just raising premiums, Obamacare is inflicting a double whammy: forcing the American people to buy health plans costing more than what they paid previously, and providing such limited access  to provider networks  they may not be able to find a doctor that will treat them . It’s why Congress should act now to stop Obamacare  before it starts.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://blog.heritage.org/wp-content/uploads/OBAMACARE_Premiums.jpg
 report: http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/MarketCompetitionPremiums/rb_premiums.cfm
 estimate: http://cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/03-15-ACA_and_Insurance_2.pdf
 analysis: http://cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/ftpdocs/107xx/doc10781/11-30-premiums.pdf
 promise: http://bit.ly/GLMlmL
 many of these “new” plans: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/06/16/obamacares-insurance-solution-medicaid-for-all/
 admit: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/13/us-usa-healthcare-exchanges-idUSBRE95C0WG20130613
 low physician reimbursements: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/08/09/dont-expand-medicaid-one-third-of-doctors-are-already-opting-out-of-it/
 poor health outcomes: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/11/studies-show-medicaid-patients-have-worse-access-and-outcomes-than-the-privately-insured
 real insurance: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118480165648770935.html
 limited access: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/health/lower-health-insurance-premiums-to-come-at-cost-of-fewer-choices.html?hp&_r=0
 provider networks: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-77401671/
 find a doctor that will treat them: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/09/23/obamacare-the-doctor-wont-see-you-now/
 stop Obamacare: http://obamacare.heritage.org/
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