Video: The coming price explosion of ObamaCare
posted at 3:05 pm on August 16, 2011 by Ed Morrissey
If you think ObamaCare is expensive now, just wait until people and employers really understand the federally-mandated state exchanges and subsidies. Reason TV interviews Glenn Morton, author of Passing ObamaCare, which exposes the giant financial hole that ObamaCare will create when the incentives become clear:
In projecting the program’s costs, the Congressional Budget Office figures that about 7 percent of the workforce currently covered by employer-provided insurance will drop those policies and sign up for the subsidized insurance. That estimate – and hence, the cost structure of the program – has been challenged by sources such as McKinsey & Company, the consulting firm, which reckons a far higher percentage of workers will opt out of their current job-based plans. In a survey of employers released in June, McKinsey found that 30 percent will “definitely or probably” drop their coverage as Obamacare kicks into high gear in 2014. Among “employers with a high awareness of reform, this proportion rises to more than 50 percent,” says the report. Why? It will be cheaper to pay fines than to provide coverage.
If those estimates are accurate, the cost savings ObamaCare supporters tout are a pipe dream.
Glenn Morton, the author of the new book Passing Obamacare, has worked for nearly two decades in the health-insurance business, most recently as a broker who helps employers find better deals among providers. In a discussion with Reason’s Nick Gillespie, Morton adds another problem with recently released Obamacare rules: The mandate to reduce the percentage of insurance costs that go to administrative costs effectively means that insurance brokers’ commissions will be either drastically cut or reduced altogether. If brokers’ role in hunting for better coverage plans is eviscerated, argues Morton, companies will lose their main ally in the search for affordable and dependable coverage plans. The result, says Morton, will be that more and more companies will cease to offer insurance, thus driving even more people into the insurance exchanges and the cost of Obamacare up and up. CBO says the cost of giving subsidies to 16 million individuals over Obamacare’s first decade will be $466 billion alone.
In the interview, Morton says that “2014 is when our country changes substantially.” His explanation shows why the country needs to change its leadership substantially in 2012 to avoid the consequences of ObamaCare.