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Elections Have Consequences: “Startling Rate Increases” Due to ObamaCare


We’ve been writing about the damage that ObamaCare will do for two years now.  For the latest, “startling rate increases” are being promised. Here are the details from  Cato at Liberty, via Doug Ross (no relation)

The invaluable Robert Laszweski:

The Affordable Care Act: Ten Months to Launch “Obamacare”––Get Ready for Some Startling Rate Increases


I conducted an informal survey of a number of insurers…None of the people I talked to are academics or work for a think tank. None of them are in the spin business inside the Beltway. Every one of them has the responsibility for coming up with the correct rates their companies will have to charge…

On average, expect a 30% to 40% increase in the baseline cost of individual health insurance to account for the new premium taxes, reinsurance costs, benefit mandate increases, and underwriting reforms…

In states with the least mandates or for health insurance companies with the tightest underwriting now, the increase could be a lot more…

[E]xpect individual health insurance rates for people in their 20s and early 30s to about double…

Will the feds be ready to provide an insurance exchange in all of the states that don’t have one on October 1, 2013?

I have no idea. And neither does anyone else I talk to inside the Beltway. We only hear vague reports that parts of the new federal exchange information systems are in testing.

The former CIA director couldn’t get away with an affair in this town but the Obama administration has a complete lid on just where they are on health insurance exchanges and haven’t shown any willingness to want to talk about their progress toward launching on time––except to tell us all not to worry.

We are all worried. I would not want to be responsible for the work that remains and only have ten months to do it…

The Republicans said this would not work. If it does not launch on time, or does with serious problems, I would not want to be an incumbent Democrat.

I told them not to call this the “Affordable Care Act.”

Again, we were predicting this for quite some time.  Not because we are some super geniuses, but that we had a grasp of the obvious.  If you increase the cost of providing something, it’s going to cost more.

It’s that simple.

Oh, and elections have consequences.  When your insurance bill goes sky high, thank the nearest Obama voter.

  • I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before the Obama’s palace guard (aka the mainstream media) blame the Republicans for the rate increases.

  • Everything seems to be going accprding to the progressive/s plan. America will have universal health coverage paid for by the government sooner than they anticipated.