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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Obamacare Spiraling Out Of Control

Obamacare Spiraling Out Of Control
‘Vast Majority Of Americans Want To See The Law Changed’

PRESIDENT OBAMA: ‘Real Problems,’ ‘There Are Going To Be People Who Are Hurt’

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “…there are going to be people who are hurt by premium increases or a lack of competition and choice.” (President Obama, Remarks, Miami, FL, 10/20/16)
  • “President Barack Obama said his signature health-care law has ‘real problems’…” (Bloomberg, 10/3/16)
FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON on the consequences of Obamacare: “It’s the craziest thing in the world.” (“Bill Clinton Bashes Obamacare As ‘Crazy System’ While Campaigning For Hillary,” The Washington Times, 10/4/16)
GALLUP: “Americans' assessments of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) … more continuing to disapprove (53%) than approve (42%) of the law. Going forward, the vast majority of Americans want to see the law changed.” (“Most Americans Want Changes to Affordable Care Act,” Gallup, 11/28/2016)
‘A Disaster,’ ‘There Are No Choices Really For Anybody’
For An Ever-Increasing Number Of Americans, Only ‘Single Insurer From Which They Can Select Plans’

AZ MAN: “‘There are no choices really for anybody in Maricopa County,’ Hoag said. ‘The lack of choice is like having empty shelves (and) no food in a third-world country. Do I live in Cuba?’” (“Rate Hikes, New Doctors: Obamacare Exchanges Open To Angst,” USA Today, 11/01/2016)

NY BUSINESSWOMAN: “…Obamacare for me has turned out to be a disaster. As a small businessperson, I feel resentment that I have been forced to participate in a system that costs me more money, yet provides me with significantly less: less choice, less care, less coverage, less convenience. … I'm mad. No, seriously. Before Obamacare I had health insurance that — while costly — I liked, and met my needs. … Fast-forward to today. My medical insurance is 40% higher than it was, my choice of doctors is significantly more limited, and oh, by the way, most of the physicians I want to see are not in network.” (“4 Reasons Why Obamacare Is A Brand Failure,” New York Daily News, 11/20/16)

On Federal Exchanges ‘1 In 5 Consumers Will Only Have Plans From A Single Insurer To Pick From’

“Moreover, about 1 in 5 consumers will only have plans from a single insurer to pick from…” (“Obama Administration Confirms Double-Digit Premium Hikes,” AP, 10/24/16)
KAISER: “Marketplace insurer participation in states using Healthcare.gov in 2017 … 1 company in Alabama, Alaska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming…” (“2017 Premium Changes And Insurer Participation In The Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplaces,” Kaiser Family Foundation, 11/1/16)
KAISER: Number of exchange enrollees with only two insurer options doubled from 12% in 2016 to 22% in 2017. (“2017 Premium Changes And Insurer Participation In The Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplaces,” Kaiser Family Foundation, 11/1/16)
KAISER: “Changes in Insurer Participation… In states that use Healthcare.gov, the average number of insurers participating in the marketplace will be 3.9 in 2017 (down from 5.4 companies per state in 2016, 5.9 in 2015…” (“2017 Premium Changes And Insurer Participation In The Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplaces,” Kaiser Family Foundation, 11/1/16)
Premiums ‘Expected To Increase Faster In 2017 Than In Previous Years’
FLORIDA SMALL BUSINESS OWNER: “If the premiums continue to rise like they have in years past, [Robert] Lust fears his family will be ‘open to complete financial ruin.’” (“Tampa Bay Case Studies Of Obamacare's Costs And Benefits,” Tampa Bay Times, 11/11/2016)

KANSAS RETIREE: “‘I’m a sickness away or my wife is a sickness away from going to the poor house I guess because the cost of the insurance is so great,’ said Goodman.” (“Obamacare Costs Up, Choices Down In Missouri And Kansas,” KSHB-TV Kansas City, 11/01/2016)

FLORIDA WOMAN: ‘My husband and I are solidly middle class … we’re literally siphoning through our savings’ “[Jules] Stewart and her husband, Kip Koelsch ... chose a silver plan from Humana. They were stunned by the $774 monthly premium, she said — especially because they had to meet a $12,000 deductible before most of the benefits kicked in. ‘We’re literally siphoning through our savings to be protected,’ she said. She also had to change primary care physicians. ... ‘My husband and I are solidly middle class and wonder how folks living just below our level manage to afford Obamacare,’ she said. ‘It doesn’t seem to benefit anyone I know.’” (“Tampa Bay Case Studies Of Obamacare's Costs And Benefits,” Tampa Bay Times, 11/11/2016)

KAISER: “Health insurance premiums on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces (also called exchanges) are expected to increase faster in 2017 than in previous years…” (“2017 Premium Changes And Insurer Participation In The Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplaces,” Kaiser Family Foundation, 11/01/2016)
Consumers Face Premium Hikes Up To 53% In Some States
PENNSYLVANIA: “In Pennsylvania, one of 37 states that use the federal government's online exchange, the average price for the benchmark silver plan is going up 53 percent, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.” (“With Obamacare Options Slim In The Lehigh Valley, Many Feel Priced Out Of Health Coverage,” The [Allentown, PA] Morning Call, 11/05/2016)

SOUTH DAKOTA: “Outside of the marketplace, plans are up 5 percent and inside, plans are up about 25 to 45 percent over the last year. That’s due to the companies dropping out of the marketplace and the remaining carriers raising their prices to balance out the rising medical costs. Insurance agents say that the high costs are affecting the majority of people in South Dakota.” (“Enrollment For Obamacare Is Open But Policies Are Expensive,” KOTA-TV Rapid City, 11/23/2016)

MISSOURI & KANSAS: “[R]ecords the 41 Action News Investigators have obtained from those states show the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare is getting less affordable as options dwindle... There are two carriers for the Kansas City area, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and Humana. According to healthinsurance.org, Blue Cross is proposing a 29 percent rate increase while Humana is proposing a just under 35 percent increase... Blue Cross for the Kansas side of the metro is proposing a more than 28 percent rate increase and a more than 47 percent increase for the rest of the state.” (“Obamacare Costs Up, Choices Down In Missouri And Kansas,” KSHB-TV Kansas City, 11/01/2016)

FLORIDA: “The average rate hike in Florida was 19 percent.” (“Tampa Bay Case Studies Of Obamacare’s Costs And Benefits,” Tampa Bay Times, 11/11/2016)

NEW YORK: “Health insurance premiums rose at a faster rate here after 2010, when the federal Affordable Care Act passed, than they did in the five years before, according to [a newly released report from the Commonwealth Fund], released last month. . . Researchers sought to determine how the law affected employer-sponsored plans. Supporters had predicted the law would result in lowering insurance costs overall, while critics have charged it has done the opposite for businesses and workers.” (“Against Trend, N.Y. Health Insurance Costs Grow Faster After Obamacare,” Albany Times Union, 11/03/2016)

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