ObamaCare premiums to double in some areas next year

posted at 8:01 am on March 19, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Remember how Barack Obama and Democrats promised to “bend the cost curve downward” with ObamaCare? Well, they got most of that promise correct. ObamaCare has bent the cost curve all right, but sharply upward — and in 2015, expect them to not just bend but absolutely “skyrocket,” according to The Hill:

Health industry officials say ObamaCare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country, countering claims recently made by the administration.

The expected rate hikes will be announced in the coming months amid an intense election year, when control of the Senate is up for grabs. The sticker shock would likely bolster the GOP’s prospects in November and hamper ObamaCare insurance enrollment efforts in 2015.

The industry complaints come less than a week after Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sought to downplay concerns about rising premiums in the healthcare sector. She told lawmakers rates would increase in 2015 but grow more slowly than in the past.

“The increases are far less significant than what they were prior to the Affordable Care Act,” the secretary said in testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee.

Her comment baffled insurance officials, who said it runs counter to the industry’s consensus about next year.

“It’s pretty shortsighted because I think everybody knows that the way the exchange has rolled out … is going to lead to higher costs,” said one senior insurance executive who requested anonymity.

The dynamics of this meet up into a perfect storm for consumers, Elise Viebeck explains. Insurers may have underpriced premiums this year despite the sharp increases already seen for 2014 plans, hoping to entice younger and healthier Americans into the system. That has largely failed, which means that the risk pools are even farther out of whack than anticipated. Also, the regulatory costs are starting to bite insurers, and the lack of providers in some plans may force insurers to expand reimbursement schedules to correct the problem in 2014 and 2015.

The result? In some areas, premiums for 2015 will double, and one insurer told Viebeck that they will likely triple in his state. Those prices will get announced in the fall, regardless of whether HHS likes it or not, as insurers have to start open enrollments by October 1st to get people on plans by January 1. That puts the bad news just weeks ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

Politico decided at this point to cover the GOP alternatives, which it calls a “road to nowhere”:

Here’s the dirty secret about the House Republicans’ efforts to replace Obamacare: They haven’t even decided if they will hold a vote.

Not to mention, the House GOP would still have to repeal Obamacare in order to implement whatever alternative health care plan they release, which isn’t going to happen as long as President Barack Obama is sitting in the Oval Office.

In the next few weeks and months, the House Republican Conference — with Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) playing the key role — will spend lots of time talking about crafting its own health care plan, one that would be positioned as an alternative to the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

But with a Republican alternative to Obamacare come serious practical and political problems that could prevent the legislation from even getting to the House floor. A critical midterm election is just a few months away. Public opinion is firmly against Obama’s health care law, and releasing specific bills could take the focus off the Democrats’ squirming.

By the time the midterms come around, a road to nowhere is going to look better than the highway to disaster that ObamaCare has been. Expect repeal to gain standing as sharply as rates go up in the fall.


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If you like your expensive health-care, you can keep your expensive health-care!

rickv404 on March 19, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Highway to Hell might be more accurate.

LASue on March 19, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Unexpectedly….

workingclass artist on March 19, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Remember how Barack Obama and Democrats promised to “bend the cost curve downward” with ObamaCare?

No I don’t recall them making that promise. /

Seriously, it was the line just before the promise of putting $2500 back into every family’s pockets in every single Obamacare speech for three years. And the real systemic problems with Obamacare are only made worse with all the delays and exemptions.

But hey, how do Obama’s bracket picks look? Isn’t Mooch going to China with the brats on yet another vacation? And there is always the gays and illegals! Priorities.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 8:13 AM

If you like your expensive health-care, you can keep your expensive health-care!

rickv404 on March 19, 2014 at 8:05 AM

As if you have a choice.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 8:14 AM

“Politico decided at this point to cover the GOP alternatives, which it calls a “road to nowhere”…”

Interesting- so Politico’s “logic” is that even though obamacide is a horrific and terrifying Charlie Foxtrot of epic awfulness that was enacted solely by Dumbocrats with no GOP input whatsoever, it is incumbent upon the Republicans to come up with some sort of rescue plan or “alternative” for it.

How about we just flush obamacide down the same sewer that claims of barry soetero being “very intelligent” are being sent?

Then get government buffoons like cryptkeeper sebilius out of the health insurance markets and possibly let it recover.

I can think of a few places I’d like to bend lil’ barky’s cost curve right about now…

GrassMudHorsey on March 19, 2014 at 8:16 AM

“But hey, how do Obama’s bracket picks look? Isn’t Mooch going to China with the brats on yet another vacation? And there is always the gays and illegals! Priorities.”

Pffffft. Priorities? Like you even made a single mention of society’s most pressing issue of the last couple weeks- hello, Malaysian airliner?

GrassMudHorsey on March 19, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Soylent Green Hospice Centers in 5….4…3…

Now, THAT will bend he cost curve.

Or maybe a Logan’s Run Renewal Center visit complete with the wheel that sucks you up into the grinder as the crowd goes wild with glee that you’re gettng out of the bubble of life at 30?

Either way, the Ruling Class could get their cheap lawncare, and have more to spend on wider highways to their vacay homes in the Hamptons.

PappyD61 on March 19, 2014 at 8:18 AM

“Double? Hardly. In fact the ACA has reduced premiums by as much as 400% for many hard-working middle class families. If you look at what the Republicans plan, it will mean an average premiums of up to $5000 and the cancellation of plans for grandmothers with cancer and the death of cute puppies and kittens.”

-Democrat Strategists in about 6 months

tdarrington on March 19, 2014 at 8:19 AM

- It will lower fam premiums by $2500 yr
- It will pay for itself
- It will REDUCE the deficit
- It will NOT cost people to lose their insurance
- If you like your insurance/doctor, you can KEEP your plan/doctor
- It will NOT cause people to lose their jobs
- It will not create any new taxes
- It will apply to Congress
- It wont cover abortions

hillsoftx on March 19, 2014 at 8:19 AM

So Obamacare is simply raising the cost of healthcare insurance without adding in the previously uninsured. What was the selling point again?

rbj on March 19, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Before the ACA the government intervened far too much in healthcare. The libertarian in me would argue that even regulating drugs is too far. Government regulation is causing the problems in US healthcare, but both sides are merely arguing over what new government regulations will fix it.

tdarrington on March 19, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Obama’s jug-screw.

rplat on March 19, 2014 at 8:25 AM

What was the selling point again?

rbj on March 19, 2014 at 8:22 AM

To be an unmitigated disaster. To leave the private insurance industry in shambles and so reviled by the people that we “demand” government single payer.

tdarrington on March 19, 2014 at 8:27 AM

I said it yesterday. Repeal will not unring this bell. Premiums will not come down until repeal is coupled with removal of government interference and the establishment of a true market for health insurance. Or health care, even. I’m not holding my breath.

ClownsToTheLeftOfMe on March 19, 2014 at 8:28 AM

So Obamacare is simply raising the cost of healthcare insurance without adding in the previously uninsured. What was the selling point again?

rbj on March 19, 2014 at 8:22 AM
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The selling point? Why, it was that socialism is good.

MTF on March 19, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Stop looking at the ACA as if it was intended to work in the first place. There is no fix for something that was never designed to be functional.

tdarrington on March 19, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Not going to happen as long as the current regime has access to the public purse. They will unilaterally push a boatload of money into the risk corridor program and then start sending Louie and Guido around to the insurance companies CEOs. “Say – be a shame if those legs of yours were to get broken.”

worldtvlr on March 19, 2014 at 8:29 AM

“Double? Hardly. In fact the ACA has reduced premiums by as much as 400% for many hard-working middle class families.”

-Democrat Strategists in about 6 months

tdarrington on March 19, 2014 at 8:19 AM

It reduced premiums all right. Premiums for all who can’t afford the new, improved stratospheric premiums + deductibles + co-pays, have no insurance at all. Where, once the could have health insurance and pay for it, now they have none and pay for none.

Awesome. /s

ClownsToTheLeftOfMe on March 19, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Hey y’all, slow down a bit. I am really looking forward to what the likes of libfree have to say about this.

cozmo on March 19, 2014 at 8:32 AM

“Where, once they. . ..” Yeesh. Need more coffee.

ClownsToTheLeftOfMe on March 19, 2014 at 8:32 AM

You will be perfected comrade.

Murphy9 on March 19, 2014 at 8:35 AM

This will be handled by replacing existing US currency with the Obama-Dollar, through Executive Order.

What is the value of the Obama-Dollar you ask?

Whatever it takes to keep Democrats in control.

It’s magical, just like Obama’s rise to power.

fogw on March 19, 2014 at 8:35 AM

and in 2015, expect them to not just bend but absolutely “skyrocket,”

I think that the appropriate phrase is ‘necessarily “skyrocket”‘.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 19, 2014 at 8:35 AM

HAHAHAHA! you get what you asked for, dumbocrats!

rightside on March 19, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Ocrapocare is one big pile of sh!t. The “affordable” plans for low income people aren’t worth the paper they are written on. The cheapest bronze and silver plans which are basically free with a subsidy are worse than having no insurance at all.
The bronze plan has deductibles of $12k while the silver plans with cost sharing and low deductibles have networks so narrow you might as well just take the pain pill. On the low cost silver plan in my area, the nearest oncologist is 35 miles away And chemo is not covered. Soooo, with ocrapocare, you better not get cancer cause you’re Screwed. There are however a Boatload of chiropractors, YeeHaw.

BeachBum on March 19, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Come on everyone… just get rid of your phone and cable.

That’s the ticket.

Did I read somewhere that 82 percent of the people who signed up are getting subsidies… So, the subsidizers aren’t signing up.

The end result will be single payer, with tax rates on people making over 80k leaping into the marginal range of around 48%.

At that point, expect an absolute end to Washington D.C.

Washington Fancy on March 19, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Pffffft. Priorities? Like you even made a single mention of society’s most pressing issue of the last couple weeks- hello, Malaysian airliner?

GrassMudHorsey on March 19, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Hey, gotta keep alien abduction in reserve in case the gays don’t provide sufficient distraction from what is important!

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 8:42 AM

It will lower fam premiums by $2500 yr
- It will pay for itself
- It will REDUCE the deficit
- It will NOT cost people to lose their insurance
- If you like your insurance/doctor, you can KEEP your plan/doctor
- It will NOT cause people to lose their jobs
- It will not create any new taxes
- It will apply to Congress
- It wont cover abortions

hillsoftx on March 19, 2014 at 8:19 AM

You forgot: It won’t give taxpayer-subsidized health insurance to illegal aliens. (Which famously prompted a response of “You lie!” from Joe Wilson during Obama’s state of the union speech. Truer words were never spoken. California has already signed up hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens for Obamacare, and the Obama HHS is now trying to entice even more to sign up by promising them that if they do, their relatives won’t be deported!)

AZCoyote on March 19, 2014 at 8:44 AM

ObamaCare has bent the cost curve all right, but sharply upward — and in 2015, expect them to not just bend but absolutely “skyrocket,” according to The Hill:

So not an afternoon delight?

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 8:44 AM

By the time anyone in the MSM or government is honest about the ACA, Hillary will be president and she will be hailed a hero for fixing healthcare with single payer. -OR- Ted Cruz will be President, and the problems will be all HIS fault. He will be faced with the demands for single payer. And the insurance industry will be so destroyed, single payer may be the only choice. Government run healthcare, brought to you by a Conservative president. Don’t take the Dems for fools, they know what they are doing.

tdarrington on March 19, 2014 at 8:45 AM

But. But….Republicans don’t have a Plan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can someone, anyone Please let the Dumbazz Party know
their response should be
“We have a Plan, it’s called REPEAL”

ToddPA on March 19, 2014 at 8:47 AM

The health industry officials must have gotten this wrong. Dear Leader said our electric bills would necessarily skyrocket not our insurance bills. My electric bill has shot up a little this winter, maybe the big take off will happen next time. I can’t wait.

Kissmygrits on March 19, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Meh. All this talk about Obamacare is just another ploy to distract us from the real problem facing America: income inequality. /

HiJack on March 19, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Yes I do agree that single payer is the goal, but I have to wonder if destroying the health insurance market was what they really had planned. Part of me believes that the “wise” and inexperienced top down planners really thought they could manage the health insurance system, expand coverage, and bend the cost curve downward. It was already bending downward and why not take credit for that downward trend prior to The ACA?

If successful it would be an easy move to expand Medicare and up the FICA tax as needed. If the current situation is what they had planned, they really are dumber than I thought. One other thought…….they also planned on Cap and Trade passing the Senate and using that windfall of taxes (redistribution) to pay for the expanded welfare state. Point not discussed all that much anymore.

As you guys know I hate The ACA; am not trying to give cover to idiots that think top down management of the markets will work better than letting individual transactions rule the day; or giving cover to Democrats in general……..just wondering out loud.

Not that my wondering matters either way…… as here we are with the worst bill passed in my life time and knowing that it will not be repealed by either party. They will “FIX” it. Sigh.

HonestLib on March 19, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Can someone, anyone Please let the Dumbazz Party know
their response should be
“We have a Plan, it’s called REPEAL”

ToddPA on March 19, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Things would be so much different if only some Republican Senator had gotten up last October with a message of repeal. If only!

But no Boehner and the surrender weasels (including HA) lectured us that passage of a clean bill giving Obama everything he wanted was the smart play! I’d love one of the “live to fight another day” crowd to defend their stupid words back then- given the current state of Obamacare. Why the complete cave without any sort of attempt at repeal or delay.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Meh. All this talk about Obamacare is just another ploy to distract us from the real problem facing America: income inequality. /

HiJack on March 19, 2014 at 8:55 AM

What the hell are you talking about? Obamacare is directly addressing income inequality by making us all equally poor.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 8:59 AM

This is the real “hockey stick” folks … and it’s going right up our collective #%@

Whitey Ford on March 19, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Haven’t we seen this movie several times before, or is this
something that king obama cannot delay by decree?

GaltBlvnAtty on March 19, 2014 at 9:04 AM

LOL, our intrepid governor is going to sign price fixing legislation for chemo drugs.

Kiss access to chemo drugs in MO goodbye patriots.

Murphy9 on March 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Part of me believes that the “wise” and inexperienced top down planners really thought they could manage the health insurance system, expand coverage, and bend the cost curve downward.

HonestLib on March 19, 2014 at 8:57 AM

No one believed that. NO ONE. The control-freak leftists thought that they could hold great power over everyone with all the health care decisions and information. In addition, they thought that they could just institute cool death panels and do away with anyone whose cost of life got in the way of their plans for assuming full control over every one and every thing. There was also the pleasant side-effect of them being able to kill off anyone they considered “undesirable” – i.e. white men and any of the Constitution-loving “potential domestic terrorists” – while stealing their money and assets to use in all sorts of fun, leftist, anti-liberty, anti-Western ways. But, there was never even a single person among them who believed any of the BS about expanding coverage while making it cheaper for everyone and the rest.

They also just loved the idea of destroying the system – part of the leftist drive to stamp out anything even reminiscent of America or Americanism and to do away with all thoughts of individual liberty.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 19, 2014 at 9:09 AM

LOL, our intrepid governor is going to sign price fixing legislation for chemo drugs.

Kiss access to chemo drugs in MO goodbye patriots.

Murphy9 on March 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Serves you all right for re-electing McCaskill.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Serves you all right for re-electing McCaskill. Nixon

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 9:09 AM

The gov’s name is Nixon luv.

Murphy9 on March 19, 2014 at 9:19 AM

The gov’s name is Nixon luv.

Murphy9 on March 19, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Yeah but Claire was the rabid defender of Obamacare. And despite that fact, you gave her six more years on the public dole.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Yeah but Claire was the rabid defender of Obamacare. And despite that fact, you gave her six more years on the public dole.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 9:23 AM

I didn’t give her anything.

You gave Obama 4 more years right?

Has everybody lost their fking mind?

Murphy9 on March 19, 2014 at 9:25 AM

fking stupid asshats everywhere.

Murphy9 on March 19, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Murphy9 on March 19, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Dude relax. I didn’t know what state you were referring to until I saw McCaskill’s name.

The turn around is happening while we watch and folks who should be celebrating are freaking out.

cozmo on March 19, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Can y’all shut the heII up in here! Do some Cruz haten or something. Or something, something.

Bmore on March 19, 2014 at 9:42 AM

The premium increases were always baked into the Democrats’ calculations. Just not the way they’ve played out.

The Masters of the Universe thought they had created a system where premiums would gradually rise to sticker-shock levels over a period of 5-10 years. That would have allowed them to control the message that the problem wasn’t ObamaCare, it was the evil insurance companies taking advantage of the new system to gouge the customers, which in turn was to be used to justify even more government intervention.

The system was supposed to get voters mad at the insurers to the point it gave the Democrats the opening to pass single-payer. But the collapse of the website on Day 1 exposed the inner workings of the system for all to see, and moved up the timetable to drastically hike premiums from 5-10 years to just one year, because none of the young suckers health care applicants are signing up.

The hack Democrats aren’t getting off message yet, and some of the more panicked ones are trying to convince voters that despite the fustercluck they’re watching unfold, forcing the issue to single payer remains the answer. The sneakier Dems are the ones looking ahead to the option of de facto single-payer, by keeping the current system in place to the point the insurance companies either go bankrupt or pull out of the health insurance sector entirely.

A statewide insurance monopolized by Blue Cross or some other company, or one where the insurance companies are in a public-private partnership with the feds in exchange for gianormous taxpayer subsidies pretty much would be single-payer, only with the private firms doing the Democrats’ money collecting work for them. That’s where it’s going if the Republicans don’t get control and agree on a single ‘repeal and replace’ plan to take into the 2016 election (since barring the GOP picking up every Senate seat this fall for a veto-proof majority, Obama’s not going to sign anything to gut his signature issue).

jon1979 on March 19, 2014 at 9:46 AM

- It will lower fam premiums by $2500 yr
– It will pay for itself
– It will REDUCE the deficit
– It will NOT cost people to lose their insurance
– If you like your insurance/doctor, you can KEEP your plan/doctor
– It will NOT cause people to lose their jobs
– It will not create any new taxes
– It will apply to Congress
– It wont cover abortions

hillsoftx on March 19, 2014 at 8:19 AM

…it’s all coming true except that I may not be able to keep my Doctor….Right?….that is the only thing the MSM has mentioned!

KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM

What we learned about Obamacare March 14-18, 2014

3.) “Health insurance premiums up 39% to 56% under Obamacare, reach $2,604 a month in California,” says Paul Bedard over at the Washington Examiner: Americans buying health insurance outside the new Obamacare exchanges are being forced to swallow premiums up to 56 percent higher than before the health law took effect because insurers have jumped the cost to cover all the added features of the new Affordable Care Act.
9.) “Survey: One-third of uninsured do not plan to buy insurance, despite ObamaCare deadline,” says Fox News:The Bankrate.com report showed 34 percent of uninsured say they plan to stay uninsured. The most common reason cited was that they consider health insurance to be too expensive. Others are simply opposed to the health care law or think they are healthy enough to go without insurance
12.) Megan McArdle says “Young invincibles are killing Obamacare”:
As we head into the final few weeks, we have a pretty good idea of how many young healthy people there will be, and the answer is: a whole lot fewer than the health-care wonks were expecting.
http://www.aei-ideas.org/2014/03/what-we-learned-about-obamacare-march-14-18-2014/

DinaRehn on March 19, 2014 at 9:52 AM

That’s rich, Politico whining about the House possibly not holding a vote on a single bill while Dirty Harry refuses to consider, let alone vote, on dozens and dozens of bills the House has already passed.

The Senate can act arrogantly and with impunity, with no consequence; the GOP House must adhere to the strictest etiquette of an 8th grade civics book.

matthew8787 on March 19, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Harry Reid to call said Health Industry officials liars in 3 … 2 … 1

mel23059 on March 19, 2014 at 10:01 AM

@HonestLib

I would like to know how your line of thinking goes over with your Liberal friends? I must say I enjoy your comments. One of the most level headed Liberals I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. I hope your spreading your thoughts around.

TexasJack on March 19, 2014 at 10:15 AM

When my policy was cancelled last year, because I had an existing plan, I was able to re-up with it but it came at a premium price increase of 12%. Thanks to the lawless benevolence of King Putt I will be able to renew my non-DumbassCare policy again this October but it sounds as if my premium will necessarily skyrocket and I can expect a +20% increase…more likely a +%100 increase. That will be a deal-breaker for me. I am already paying what amounts to a very expensive car payment every month for my existing policy. When it goes up again it will be approaching the mortgage payment range and that is simply not sustainable. Not for me.

I will instead be choosing between no coverage at all or one of the DumbassCare exempt medical sharing plans. Either way, though, I am getting off of this retarded ride. I am wondering how many others will be forced into similar decisions?

trapeze on March 19, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Hey y’all, slow down a bit. I am really looking forward to what the likes of libfree have to say about this.

cozmo on March 19, 2014 at 8:32 AM

I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting. There are no Obamacare talking points available. I just went on Huffpo (I do it so you don’t have to!) and I couldn’t find A SINGLE ARTICLE on Obamacare. Not on the front page, not in the Politics section, not in Health and Living, nowhere. Articles about pot-smoking moms and the Duke porn star, but nary a mention of Obamacare (or ACA, or anything). Or Obama himself, for that matter.

I wonder why that is?

AJsDaddie on March 19, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Flawless

Bmore on March 19, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Her comment baffled insurance officials, who said it runs counter to the industry’s consensus about next year.

When you live in Fantasyland, anything is possible.

GarandFan on March 19, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Politico decided at this point to cover the GOP alternatives, which it calls a “road to nowhere”:

“…whatever alternative health care plan they release, which isn’t going to happen as long as President Barack Obama is sitting in the Oval Office.

They can criticize all they want – but they pretty much answered why any Republican alternative is going nowhere. The Preezy isn’t going to concede failure of his signature plan – American public be damned.

Hill60 on March 19, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Hey y’all, slow down a bit. I am really looking forward to what the likes of libfree have to say about this.
cozmo on March 19, 2014 at 8:32 AM

She threw her purse at us and stormed out a few weeks ago. Said she’d return to gloat after the election. About what? Only she knows

Chuck Schick on March 19, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Don’t worry, 0 has a plan for this. He will declare that insurer’s can only increase the premiums a bit and then let the risk corridor payments to the insurance companies balloon up courtesy of the taxpayer.

tommer74 on March 19, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Expect the WH to try to make it illegal to talk about rising Obamacare costs.

sadatoni on March 19, 2014 at 11:16 AM

(I do it so you don’t have to!)…

AJsDaddie on March 19, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Thanks I appreciate that.

Chuck Schick on March 19, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Sorry I missed that.

I don’t see any liberal good news for quite a while.

cozmo on March 19, 2014 at 11:17 AM

The inevitable consequence of the young (and obviously not so stupid) refusing to eat this crap sandwich. And BTW, most of us predicted this happening.

NotCoach on March 19, 2014 at 11:30 AM

HonestLib on March 19, 2014 at 8:57 AM

jon1979 on March 19, 2014 at 9:46 AM

The problem is that medicare is failing as well – and in curtailing med advantage plans it will just accelerate. Medicare is not much better than the ACA – docs are refusing to see patients in increasing numbers. What you have is a stratafication of private and public and what the ACA is doing is accelerating the process. The ACA is going to create exceptionally expensive high risk pools in the end while increasing the overall cost of health care dramatically.

The big individual market insurer in each state was forced to enter the federal exchange in order to protect their market – and yes they underestimated the negative selection. I have been saying we will see 100% premium increases next year for awhile now. So now the insurers will create private individual market plans that will still be able to discrminate who can enroll – some underwriting is still available. Private employers with plans will be in the catbird seat – they will have some success in scaling back their taxes and plan provisions in order to keep their plans and not dump people into the exchange – because the govt cannot afford that.

SO what you do is reinforce the need for employment and health care – not the reverse as Pelosi so dreamily opined. Sorry, you will still need a good job – in fact it will be more critical than ever. We are moving to a UK model. And if you are on the public side of that model its not good for your health.

Zomcon JEM on March 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting. There are no Obamacare talking points available. I just went on Huffpo (I do it so you don’t have to!) and I couldn’t find A SINGLE ARTICLE on Obamacare. Not on the front page, not in the Politics section, not in Health and Living, nowhere. Articles about pot-smoking moms and the Duke porn star, but nary a mention of Obamacare (or ACA, or anything). Or Obama himself, for that matter.

I wonder why that is?

AJsDaddie on March 19, 2014 at 10:26 AM

ABC as well:

ABC’s ‘Nightline’ Skipped ObamaCare for 123 Days

slickwillie2001 on March 19, 2014 at 12:18 PM

OBAMACARE NEWS
o Obamacare Premiums about to Sky-rocket
o Rule change lets insurance companies keep more profits, pay less for care…
o Premiums rising faster than 8 years before Obamacare — Combined!

‘Obama called edict declaring every American MUST BUY OBAMACARE ‘giving uninsured Americans THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUY ‘affordable’ health care insurance’.

That’s sort of like Putin invading and taking control of Crimea then declaring, “I just happened to be in the neighborhood and decided to give Crimea THE OPPORTUNITY to rejoin Russia / the NEW USSR’.”

easyt65 on March 19, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Hot Air staff – please Photoshop the word NECESSARY onto a Saturn V rocket. THAT would make a great front page pic.

Marcola on March 19, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Those prices will get announced in the fall, regardless of whether HHS likes it or not, as insurers have to start open enrollments by October 1st to get people on plans by January 1. That puts the bad news just weeks ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

I’m guessing someone gets a waiver on announcing prices until December 1st… just to make certain that the law gets applied “Correctly”.

What? They’ve given waivers for everything else when the reality of what they’re doing would have political impact for them; why expect anything different?

gekkobear on March 19, 2014 at 4:25 PM

: It won’t give taxpayer-subsidized health insurance to illegal aliens.

ama on March 20, 2014 at 8:23 AM