Donna Brazile wonders: Why are my health-care premiums going up?

posted at 2:41 pm on February 27, 2013 by Allahpundit

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Hard to know why without knowing who her insurer is, but I can think of two possibilities. You all know the first. Force companies to make insurance benefits more comprehensive and to expand coverage to people with preexisting conditions and you’ll force them to make up the cost somewhere. The only (mild) surprise in Brazile’s case is that, as is so often true under Obamanomics, it’s young adults who are supposed to bear the brunt. And if those young adults decide they’d rather pay the penalty than buy insurance, DB’s likely got another premium hike coming in the not-too-distant future.

The other possibility? Health-care costs keep increasing inexorably and her insurer had to hike premiums to keep up. Once upon a time, we were told that ObamaCare would help solve that problem. Jake Tapper wrote about it last year:

During Obama’s term, between 2009 to 2012, premiums have climbed $2,370 for the average family with an employer-provided plan – a rate faster than the during the previous four years under President George W. Bush, according to Kaiser…

At a rally in Virginia in June 2008, Obama said: “In an Obama administration, we’ll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year.”…

“We won’t do all this twenty years from now, or ten years from now,” he said. “We’ll do it by the end of my first term as President of the United States.”…

Last year, I asked White House deputy chief of staff Nancy-Ann DeParle about that $2,500 in savings the president pledged. She insisted families will see that savings seven years after the president said it would be achieved — by 2019…

Administration officials say they never claimed health care costs would go down, only that they would grow at a slower rate than they would have without the Affordable Care Act.

Yeah, “bending the cost curve” was an early ludicrous ambition of O-Care but that gradually became secondary to the goal of comprehensive coverage as the bill oozed its way through Congress. As it is, some insurers are now hiking premiums by double digits to match rising costs. The feds’ response? Those rates would be even higher without the new regulations. You’re welcome, America. Exit question: How long before Brazile and her colleagues start tweeting about the need for single-payer?


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The schadenfreude is soooooo sweet!

You voted for it, you got it, Donna!

thirteen28 on February 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM

In America, you have the right to be stupid.

hillsoftx on February 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Genuinely stupid elected by the genuinely stupid.

tom daschle concerned on February 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM

How long before Brazile and her colleagues start tweeting about the need for single-payer?

Any minute. Obamacare was designed to eventually funnel everyone, certain select individuals and organizations excepted, into government managed single-payer.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv7_MWI0vjc

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Why wouldn’t they go up?

Ronnie on February 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Children. They’re flippin’ children.

John the Libertarian on February 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM

In America, you have the right to be stupid.

And, never, never be ashamed to use that God Given Right (TM)

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Donna – Well you stupid Dem. Why are you calling your healthcare provider for insurance related questions?

Here is an idea – opt out of insurance and pay penalty instead.

antisocial on February 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Maybe we should have the government step in…oh wait…never mind.

rjh on February 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Donna Brazile wonders: Why are my health-care premiums going up?

I, too, wonder often why water is wet.

Myron Falwell on February 27, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Is there a policy out there that covers “stupid?”

All pre-existing conditions are now supposed to be covered….

jjjdad on February 27, 2013 at 2:46 PM

It’s obviously racist, or Bush’s fault, or both.

Ward Cleaver on February 27, 2013 at 2:47 PM

As stupid as an August day in Oklahoma is hot and dry.

Do the Marxists know that stupidity isn’t a virtue?

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 2:47 PM

To kind of quote Foghorn Leghorn:

That Donna Brazile, I say, that Donna Brazile is as dull as a pound of wet leather.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Yeah, “bending over the cost curve” was an early ludicrous ambition of O-Care

Unicorn meets reality.

hillsoftx on February 27, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Exit question: How long before Brazile and her colleagues start tweeting about the need for single-payer?

You mean they haven’t already? Sequester must really have the Dem’s sidetracked.

WisRich on February 27, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Last year, I asked White House deputy chief of staff Nancy-Ann DeParle about that $2,500 in savings the president pledged. She insisted families will see that savings seven years after the president said it would be achieved — by 2019

So, during his third term.

Ward Cleaver on February 27, 2013 at 2:49 PM

That cannot be a serious tweet. What’s gonna be interesting is to see how the Dems defend the rapid increase in premiums after they rammed Obamacare down our throats. They can’t realistically blame it on the GOP since literally none of them voted for the bill. I suppose that leaves the insurance companies, but it’s gonna be pretty hard to deny culpability when they spent nearly a year trying to get Obamacare passed and even low-information morons knew about it.

Doughboy on February 27, 2013 at 2:49 PM

She thinks dressing like a black Maude makes her look intelligent. Epic fail.

msupertas on February 27, 2013 at 2:50 PM

What’s most sad here is that the left was so demented during the Obamacare debates that they honestly 100% believed that you could pay for everyone’s birth control, eliminate pre-existing condition limitations, add 26-year-olds to parents’ policies, and insure an additional 20-30 million people – and somehow all those additions would magically cost less. They really did believe that.

…And then had the gall to says it was us on THE RIGHT who were too stupid to do math.

Also, is she now admitting on record that Obama lied when he said premiums would drop 3,000 percent?

Eschelon on February 27, 2013 at 2:50 PM

How can you market yourself as some sort of political analyst and tweet something as stupid as that? CNN should demand a refund.

rw on February 27, 2013 at 2:50 PM

It’s obviously racist, or Bush’s fault, or both.

Ward Cleaver on February 27, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Not to mention, it’s because FOX News lies, or something.

UltimateBob on February 27, 2013 at 2:51 PM

She knows exactly why, but she will never admit it. Boy King lied.

D-fusit on February 27, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Good thing the Founding Fathers didn’t write the Constitution as a living document like O’care, eh?

antipc on February 27, 2013 at 2:51 PM

DB’s likely got another premium hike coming in the not-too-distant future.

Is that to mean ‘dumb b**ches’?

Mirimichi on February 27, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Please, tell me that Donna Brazile is an Ivy League educated lawyer or doctor.

It’d make my day.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Hard to know why without knowing who her insurer is, but I can think of two possibilities. You all know the first

Her insurer is racist?

rbj on February 27, 2013 at 2:52 PM

She thinks dressing like a black Maude makes her look intelligent. Epic fail.

msupertas on February 27, 2013 at 2:50 PM

You mean that Maude wasn’t black?

VegasRick on February 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM

CNN should demand a refund.
rw on February 27, 2013 at 2:50 PM

I will start watching CNN if they did that.

antisocial on February 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Hey Donna……..eat. your. peas!!!!!

antipc on February 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM

It’s always fun to watch liberal idiots the minute they begin to discover that the stuff they’ve been demanding of “others” actually hits them as well. Doubly fun when it is such a vile human being as Brazile

Happy Nomad on February 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Please, tell me that Donna Brazile is an Ivy League educated lawyer or doctor.

It’d make my day.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 2:52 PM

No, she went to LSU, or as the late great Justin Wilson called it, “LUS”.

Del Dolemonte on February 27, 2013 at 2:55 PM

“unexpectedly”

hit and run on February 27, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Donna Brazile…Another shining example of Democrat Intelligentsia…

workingclass artist on February 27, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Next really stupid thing we’ll be hearing:

Corpseman.

My Great Uncle helped liberate Auschwitz.

The island of Guam is going to tip over.

The nazis bombed Pearl Harbor. [tip of the hat to a Resist We Much post in another thread]

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Exit question: How long before Brazile and her colleagues start tweeting about the need for single-payer?

That’s what this tweet was all about. They don’t really want affordable private health insurance in this country — they want single-payer. The libs must be salivating over the bureaucratic wonderland that will bring.

cynccook on February 27, 2013 at 2:56 PM

No, she went to LSU, or as the late great Justin Wilson called it, “LUS”.

Del Dolemonte on February 27, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Damn it!

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 2:57 PM

May she, after everybody she loves, be utterly decimated by the consequences of this law.

tom daschle concerned on February 27, 2013 at 2:57 PM

So, during his third term.

Ward Cleaver on February 27, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Actually that would be Barry Soetoro’s first term.

antipc on February 27, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Exit question: How long before Brazile and her colleagues start tweeting about the need for single-payer?

That’s what this tweet was all about. They don’t really want affordable private health insurance in this country — they want single-payer.

cynccook on February 27, 2013 at 2:56 PM

What “cynccook” said ^^.

There’s also the possibility that Brazille thought she was ordering a pizza when she “tweeted” that…

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Alternate Headline: Liberal upset that she now has to pay for all the increased government regulation/spending she once demanded.

Eschelon on February 27, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Goebbels orgasmed, again.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Maybe the religion of peace is not so misguided on not allowing women to vote.

This one reminds me of the languid cow chewing it’s cud as it’s sitting in the stockyard holding pen.

acyl72 on February 27, 2013 at 2:59 PM

What “cynccook” said ^^.

There’s also the possibility that Brazille thought she was ordering a pizza when she “tweeted” that…

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 2:58 PM

LOL Call me a cynic but I’m guessing that and all of her tweets are the carefully-worded work of a phalanx of aides and assistants. She’s an important Democratic spokescow, you know!

cynccook on February 27, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Alternate Headline: Liberal upset that she now has to pay for all the increased government regulation/spending she once demanded.

Eschelon on February 27, 2013 at 2:58 PM

I doubt she’s paying for much to anything herself. Otherwise explained that it’s the taxpayers who are keeping Mzz. Brazile fed and tweetin.

Lourdes on February 27, 2013 at 2:59 PM

What’s on your menu? Just got off the phone with my health care provider asking them to explain why my premium jumped up. No good answer!

— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) February 27, 2013

She’s an even bigger dummy than I always thought she was.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 3:00 PM

CNN should demand a refund.
rw on February 27, 2013 at 2:50 PM

But first, they have to come to grips with the fact that Piers Morgan is also under their employ.

Myron Falwell on February 27, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Goebbels orgasmed, again.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 2:59 PM

If this keeps up, the whole East and West Coast of America will be under 3 feet of Goebbel’s spunk.

I much prefer a rising sea level.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 3:01 PM

If this keeps up, the whole East and West Coast of America will be under 3 feet of Goebbel’s spunk.

I much prefer a rising sea level.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Wait a minute, I live in Oklahoma.

Let the spunk flow.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Barry and Company wouldn’t know the truth if it came up and bit them on the ass.

GarandFan on February 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Consistency – it’s only a virtue if you’re not a screwup.

Cherokee on February 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Ich bin ein Stupid” – applies to Donna too.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Exit question: How long before Brazile and her colleagues start tweeting about the need for single-payer?

Precisely. Everything is going as planned by this administration.

KickandSwimMom on February 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM

I’m still disoriented by Allah being here during the daytime. What happened to our nicely organized shifts?!?

cynccook on February 27, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Duhhhh. Must be Bush’s fault. Or the Republican’s fault. Or something.

farsighted on February 27, 2013 at 3:08 PM

The Laws of Economics don’t like being ignored and will severely punish you for it.

RadClown on February 27, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Donna Brazile – it is called Obamacare. Obama is not responsible. Cue the media line

drivingtheview on February 27, 2013 at 3:09 PM

DB certainly looks like a fat a**.

tom daschle concerned on February 27, 2013 at 3:09 PM

DB is a dolt.

jake49 on February 27, 2013 at 3:09 PM

She knows what she’s doing. Get ready to hear a lot of this from Democratic operatives – bewildered faux-confusion that the costs of healthcare are going up. Then wait for the blame to be placed, not on Obamacare, but on CAPITALISM. The prescription will be single-payer.

dkmonroe on February 27, 2013 at 3:10 PM

This was ALL about opening the door to single payer. Nothing more. Nothing less. By 2014/15, the health insurance industry is going to be demonized like nothing you’ve ever seen before with Barry and the Dems offering The Final Solution to save us all! Killing private health insurance for good.

cdog0613 on February 27, 2013 at 3:10 PM

0 Care

Bmore on February 27, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Donna Brazile wonders: Why are my health-care premiums going up?

There is a certain almost schadenfreude joy that I experience when I witness the incredibly wondrous shock, surprise and indignation flash across the face of an individual who just a short time ago was taking great sensuous pleasure and gloating over the belief that they just picked your pocket, drained your bank account and are driving off in your car, when they suddenly and rudely discover that low and behold, it was their own pocket they just picked, their own bank account they just emptied and their own car they just stole.

Yup, kind of brings a tear to my eye every time. o_O

SWalker on February 27, 2013 at 3:11 PM

She probably thought she had some special “Friend of Obama” waver on any rise in health costs.

albill on February 27, 2013 at 3:11 PM

thank you, justice roberts.

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Chuck Schick on February 27, 2013 at 3:13 PM

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OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 3:13 PM

No, she went to LSU, or as the late great Justin Wilson called it, “LUS”.

Del Dolemonte on February 27, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I GUA-RAN-TEE that Brazile woman is mo’ stupid den she look.

M240H on February 27, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Would You Like Another Serving Of Schadenfreude? Ms Bazile Is Serving!

Resist We Much on February 27, 2013 at 3:05 PM

If this weren’t such a Gobsmackingly serious crisis, I’d be LMAOing into the night.

Myron Falwell on February 27, 2013 at 3:14 PM

She’s an even bigger dummy than I always thought she was.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Nope, just calculating.

The are only two parties who can be blamed for this: Greedy Insurance Companies or Wonderful Obamacare.

Which one do you think she’s implicating.

Don’t think to long.

WisRich on February 27, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Donna Brazile wonders: Why are my health-care premiums going up?

They will keep going up until they circle back around and become completely free.

No, seriously. The unicorns don’t lie.

Lily on February 27, 2013 at 3:17 PM

What’s on your menu? Just got off the phone with my health care provider asking them to explain why my premium jumped up. No good answer!

– DB

Important to note : she did not say she did not get an answer. Just that she did not like the answer.

Big difference. Provider may have given her a perfectly legitimate explanation that she did not like. Tough beans !

Just b!tching, she is.

Jabberwock on February 27, 2013 at 3:18 PM

LOL Ms Brazile in an oped from 2009:

It’s time to call on members of Congress to put their constituents ahead of insurance companies and vote for real reform that lowers costs, eliminates disparities and provides more choice and competition for everyone. However, one option that should not be disposed off without coming up with a clear alternative to lowering costs is the so-called “public insurance option.” The public option is not some random ideological token. Progressives who wanted a single-payer system believe it is the only way to lower costs and force the insurance companies to behave better. This has nothing to do with taking over the private sector, but it’s one option that should scare big insurers into doing what’s right and not what’s good for their shareholders alone.

cynccook on February 27, 2013 at 3:18 PM

This was ALL about opening the door to single payer. Nothing more. Nothing less. By 2014/15, the health insurance industry is going to be demonized like nothing you’ve ever seen before with Barry and the Dems offering The Final Solution to save us all! Killing private health insurance for good.

cdog0613 on February 27, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Exactly. The strategy behind Obamacare is the destruction of the private health insurance industry with the blame placed on capitalism. After that, nationalize it and socialize it.

farsighted on February 27, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Because elections have consequences and if you like your plan you can keep your plan.

calbear on February 27, 2013 at 3:21 PM

She knows what is going on…..

Just playing dumb so the peons don’t revolt.

redguy on February 27, 2013 at 3:21 PM

In America, you have the right to be stupid.

hillsoftx on February 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Or as another administration person, the past Sec. of State, said: “What difference does it make”.

Pardonme on February 27, 2013 at 3:22 PM

DB impersonating Forrest Gump…

PatriotRider on February 27, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Yeah, I may be cynical, but I suspect she’s not really complaining, but rather helping stoke others to make a similar observation and start complainging themselves.

She and her team have the answer (single-payer) for when the complaining gets loud enough – she’s just prompting the choir to start warming up.

Midas on February 27, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Donna, no sweat. You still have some credit on your race card.

Kingfisher on February 27, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Exactly. The strategy behind Obamacare is the destruction of the private health insurance industry with the blame placed on capitalism. After that, nationalize it and socialize it.

farsighted on February 27, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Marxists hate profit. They don’t think insurance companies should “profit” off of sick people….

Actually they “profit” of off healthy people. The sick ones cost them money. And ObamaCare has many triggers to dump the sick while making the healthy pay much more than they should. The money is going to finance the utopian unicorn society.

Doctors will revolt and turn everything on it’s head anyway. Soon people will realize it’s the politicians who have to go.

redguy on February 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Delectable deliciousness…

mjbrooks3 on February 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM

In America, you have the right to be stupid.

hillsoftx on February 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM

The last election proved that to be correct.

Kingfisher on February 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM

It’s really unfortunate that this supposed bright Odumbo supporter is actally on of the uninformed. What a freakun idiot!

rjoco1 on February 27, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Donna Brazille, your premiums went up because the insurance companies can now separate people into different pools.

If you were a single white heterosexual male, your premiums likely went down. Mine did.

Sorry that I no longer subsidize your premiums, but you can thank Obamacare for that.

MichaelGabriel on February 27, 2013 at 3:28 PM

She knows what she’s doing. Get ready to hear a lot of this from Democratic operatives – bewildered faux-confusion that the costs of healthcare are going up. Then wait for the blame to be placed, not on Obamacare, but on CAPITALISM. The prescription will be single-payer.

dkmonroe on February 27, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Correct. They planned for this to happen. Rising health-care costs is just “phase two.” By the time single-payer is presented, the low-infos will be demanding it.

stefanite on February 27, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Because you are now a year older than you were last year?

Ahh, affirmative action.

slickwillie2001 on February 27, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Donna Brazile ✔ @donnabrazile

What’s on your menu? Just got off the phone with my health care provider asking them to explain why my premium jumped up. No good answer!”

Hey Donna, that’s the same answer you’ll get about federal spending!

can_con on February 27, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Bless her heart.
L

letget on February 27, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Huh. Requiring carriers to cover more things, more people, and to cover people AFTER they discovered an expensive illness raises costs. Who could have guessed this would happen?

And, who can guess that access to and quality of care will also go down as well?

Certainly not anyone who can do math. Math is for idiots.

Monkeytoe on February 27, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Maybes Brazzilla could ask the White house for a clarification sumpin…sumpin…

canopfor on February 27, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Donna Brazile ✔ @donnabrazile

What’s on your menu? Just got off the phone with my health care provider asking them to explain why my premium jumped up. No good answer!”

There ought’a be a law!

Oh wait…

Lily on February 27, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Certainly not anyone who can do math. Math is for idiots.

Monkeytoe on February 27, 2013 at 3:35 PM

“Two plus two equals five.”

1984

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 3:39 PM

El Rushbo had a good summary of the next steps for the Left. H/C is expensive because of Doc.

Regulate salaries, price fixing. Soon just nationalize the whole tehing in name of Fairness and Justice. Docs/Nurses/Hospitals will be on government payroll…then of course, there’ll be doctors unions…etc.

well, occasional strikes..and stuff. In all scenarios, the Left will be canter stage, barking out orders, taking credit for solving problems, blaming hordes and other citizens for the Nation’s problem

I think this is pretty much irreversible at this point. Donna is just a highly paid soldier in the army…this will be a constant drip now. Starting with Docs.

Too bad for the unconnected, the middle class.

r keller on February 27, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Exit question: How long before Brazile and her colleagues start tweeting about the need for single-payer?

Which is exactly why ObamaCare needs to be overturned. Passing the ACA was a giant step down the road to single-payer (nationalized) health care. It’s only a few more baby steps to realize it. If the ACA isn’t overturned or at least defunded soon, it will be a fixture – with nationalized health care before 2020.

ss396 on February 27, 2013 at 3:41 PM

May she, after everybody she loves, be utterly decimated by the consequences of this law.

tom daschle concerned on February 27, 2013 at 2:57 PM

My personal thread winner.

msupertas on February 27, 2013 at 3:41 PM

She can’t be this stupid, can she?

Ta111 on February 27, 2013 at 3:43 PM

It’s Obamacare Donna, let’s spell it together, ok? “O-b-a-m-a-c-a-r-e” . . . good, now, next time you’ll know why your healthcare premiums have risen.

rplat on February 27, 2013 at 3:44 PM

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