ObamaCare caused some premiums to nearly double in California

posted at 2:01 pm on July 31, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The bad news in California: If you liked your plan and/or your doctor, many of you couldn’t keep either if you had an individual-market plan. The worse news in California: If you liked your premiums, you definitely couldn’t keep those. In the first year of ObamaCare, premiums rose in the Golden State anywhere from 22% to 88% from the previous year — even as insurer networks narrowed so much that consumers had a tough time finding a provider at all:

The cost of health insurance for individuals skyrocketed this year in California, with some paying almost twice what they did last year, the state’s insurance commissioner said. …

For 2014, consumers purchasing individual policies paid between 22% and 88% more for health insurance than they did last year, depending on age, gender, type of policy and where they lived, Jones said Tuesday.

[State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones] said he has authorized a study of health insurance rates after receiving numerous complaints about rising costs.

“The rate increase from 2013 to 2014, on average, was significantly higher than rate increases in the past,” Jones said in a news conference in Sacramento.

The hardest-hit were young people, he said. In one region of Los Angeles County, people age 25 paid 52% more for a silver plan than they had for a similar plan the year before, while someone age 55 paid 38% more, according to a report that Jones released Tuesday.

Now for the good news in California. Rates won’t go up that much this year, Jones says, because of a ballot measure in this year’s election that will give the state the power to regulate rate increases. Prices won’t go down, Jones predicts, but just not skyrocket like they did for 2014. The threat of government control will force insurers to keep increases lower in order to push back against the referendum. That, however, ignores the economics of risk pools, which react to increased costs by either raising premiums or reducing payments. The next wave of reconciling the costs of ObamaCare in California may not take the form of higher premiums but of reduced coverages or — most likely — even greater reductions in provider networks, reductions which California has tried to reverse after Covered California turned into a nightmare for consumers.

In California, costs skyrocketed while care was made harder to find by ObamaCare, the exact opposite of what Democrats promised from the new law. That’s not the only promise that flopped, either. Remember the “you can keep your plan” promise, which Politifact named the Lie of the Year in 2013? That empty promise didn’t just impact those on the individual market, according to a new Heritage Foundation study, but also nearly two million people previously covered in employer-based plans. That’s three times higher than predicted:

The data show that during the last quarter of 2013, enrollment in individual-market coverage declined by nearly 500,000 individuals, but then increased in the first quarter of 2014 by just over 2.7 million individuals. For the combined six-month period, the result was a net enrollment increase of just over 2.2 million for the individual market. Those figures are consistent with reports of insurers’ non-renewing individual-market policies that did not meet the new coverage requirements, and reported enrollments in individual-market plans offered through the exchanges.

However, the biggest change in the private market during the six-month period was not the expansion in individual-market coverage, but the decline in fully insured employer group coverage. While enrollment in fully insured employer group coverage modestly increased—by just over 175,000 individuals—in Q4 2013, it dropped by nearly 4.2 million individuals in Q1 2014. The result was a net enrollment decrease of 4 million individuals for the combined six-month period.

Only in the employer self-insured group market did enrollment increase in both quarters—by just over 1.8 million in Q4 2013, and by almost 500,000 in Q1 2014—producing a net enrollment increase of nearly 2.3 million for the combined six-month period.

It stands to reason that the increase in self-insured group coverage during this period is almost entirely the result of employers shifting from purchasing fully insured group plans to self-insuring their plans. Few firms offering their workers coverage for the first time will begin with a self-insured plan. It is also possible that some smaller employers shifted to self-insured coverage in order to avoid the added costs of the “essential benefits” requirement that the PPACA imposes on fully insured small group plans. However, employers shifting from fully insured to self-insured plans would explain, at most, 57 percent of the enrollment decline in fully insured group coverage.

The remaining 43 percent of the reduction can only be explained by employers’ discontinuing coverage for some or all of their workers or, in some cases, individuals losing access to such coverage due to employment changes. While it is not possible to determine the subsequent coverage status of individuals who lost group coverage, there are four possibilities: (1) some obtained replacement individual-market coverage (either on or off the exchanges); (2) some enrolled in Medicaid; (3) some enrolled in other coverage for which they are eligible (such as a plan offered by their new employer, a spouse’s plan, a parent’s policy, or Medicare); or (4) some became uninsured. …

As Chart 1 shows, over the six-month period [October 2013 - March 2014], net total enrollment for all three segments of the private coverage market increased by just over 520,000 individuals. Thus, the reduction in employer-sponsored coverage offset 77 percent of the gain in individual-market coverage during the period.

That’s before the enforcement of the employer mandate. For many employers — those with 200 or more employees — the mandate comes into force for 2015, which means those businesses now have to decide whether to pay the rapidly increasing premiums, or opt out and pay fixed-rate fines instead. By HHS’ own calculations, as many as 93 million Americans might find themselves kicked out of group coverage and scrambling for health insurance on the ObamaCare individual-market exchanges. And those exchanges, despite the spin offered a couple of months ago from NPR and the Kaiser Foundation, are a disaster that cost far more than had been originally thought, even with the relatively low utilization in the first round. What happens when 50 million people suddenly need to find health insurance, just to use a mid-range estimate of the impact from the employer mandate?

In my column for The Fiscal Times, I note that the GAO report issued today on the Healthcare.gov fiasco should remind us why government never should have forced a command economy in health insurance in the first place:

The report’s findings show how it all went wrong. Despite having more than three years of lead time, CMS never developed “a coherent plan” for its contractors. Instead, the contractors involved in the project ended up responding to ad hoc instruction and requests. This alone cost the project “tens of millions of dollars,” according to the GAO, as contractors had to bounce between shifting priorities.

This alone should give taxpayers pause. A project should have at its start a well-constructed plan to achieve its particular mission. That’s true on a project of any significant scope, and particularly true when the stakes were as large as they were with Obamacare, which had already suffered from deep public distrust in the federal oversight of health insurance and its mandates.

After taking a political beating over the passage of the ACA (the Obama administration lost the House and some ground in the Senate) one would have presumed that the incentive to ace the launch and build goodwill for the program at the rollout would have pushed noses to the grindstone to get it right. Instead, the GAO’s findings strongly suggest that no one at CMS or HHS understood the necessity of organization, or didn’t care enough about it to plan for success.

Or, for that matter, to follow up to see that it did succeed. Even for the work that CMS did assign to contractors, the agency failed to check whether the contractors actually did the work, and did it according to spec. Granted, the lack of clear instruction may have made quality control a difficult task, but that again reflects on the management rather than the contractors. …

Auto-renewals of policies were supposed to simplify matters by alleviating the need to re-enroll through the exchanges each year, but it now appears that consumers put themselves at risk either way.  “The subsidy scheme created by Congress to keep premiums affordable has so many moving parts that it’s turning out to be difficult for the government to administer,” the AP reported in a line that could have come directly out of F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, distilling one of the original conceptual criticisms of the ACA from the beginning.

The GAO report shows a more basic problem with government-run command economies. The massive expansion of bureaucracies needed to handle all of these moving parts, even inadequately, disperses accountability and responsibility so far and wide as to make both evaporate altogether.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that the current approach is not only not working, it’s making things significantly worse than before. If the government couldn’t be bothered to get its central platform of its central domestic policy right, what does that say about the prospects that ObamaCare will work better in the future?


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Border Bill……………………………DOA!!!!!!!

canopfor on July 31, 2014 at 2:03 PM

bayam! Come out and play…

Del Dolemonte on July 31, 2014 at 2:03 PM

does not mean an insurer can’t drop out

gerrym51 on July 31, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Mission Accomplished. Kill the system and they will bring in Single Payer.

Oil Can on July 31, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Thanks liberals! Great job destroying healthcare

Whitey Ford on July 31, 2014 at 2:04 PM

A government agency couldn’t manage a one car funeral procession without Fluke-ing it up.

ConstantineXI on July 31, 2014 at 2:05 PM

The good news is the cost of living is so low in California that people can afford doubled premiums.

Doughboy on July 31, 2014 at 2:07 PM

does not mean an insurer can’t drop out

gerrym51 on July 31, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Coming Soon: the insurers who thought Obamacare was going to net them millions of unwilling customers who don’t NEED comprehensive insurance (people under 30) soon to discover that they checked into the “Hotel California”. “The Secretary shall determine that they aren’t allowed to leave”

ConstantineXI on July 31, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Keep in mind, Democrats in California are PUBLICIZING this so they can give state commissioners the power to cap premium increases.

rob verdi on July 31, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Now for the good news in California. Rates won’t go up that much this year, Jones says, because of a ballot measure in this year’s election that will give the state the power to regulate rate increases.

So all this means is that federal taxpayer dollars will go to shore up any losses incurred by the California Insurance companies when they are forced to limit their rate increases to reflect the actual cost of covering the insured.

Way to go Obama.

can_con on July 31, 2014 at 2:08 PM

California bashing to begin in 3…2…1…

oscarwilde on July 31, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Covered California is supposed to be one of the few clear ‘successes’ of Obamacare….

I stress ‘supposed to be’.

Athos on July 31, 2014 at 2:12 PM

So all this means is that federal taxpayer dollars will go to shore up any losses incurred by the California Insurance companies when they are forced to limit their rate increases to reflect the actual cost of covering the insured.

Way to go Obama.

can_con on July 31, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Or the insurance companies will bail out of California altogether. Why stay in a market where you’re not allowed by law to make a profit?

Doughboy on July 31, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of liberal losers

txmomof6 on July 31, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Now for the good news in California. Rates won’t go up that much this year, Jones says, because of a ballot measure in this year’s election that will give the state the power to regulate rate increases.

Does anyone besides me find this assertion, suspect? Besides the fact that the ballot measure hasn’t been passed yet, won’t even be voted on until Nov, he, and Ed are acting as if the Law has already taken effect.

oscarwilde on July 31, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Coming Soon: the insurers who thought Obamacare was going to net them millions of unwilling customers who don’t NEED comprehensive insurance (people under 30) soon to discover that they checked into the “Hotel California”. “The Secretary shall determine that they aren’t allowed to leave”

ConstantineXI on July 31, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Leave? Why would they want to leave?

They got the “risk corridors” to save them.

gwelf on July 31, 2014 at 2:18 PM

We need that quote from libfree about how premiums will go down and how we’ll all be pi$$ed.

22044 on July 31, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Essentially, “Wow, why is that long line winding around the Walgreen’s clinic”….well done Libs..

hillsoftx on July 31, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Dear California,

Embrace the Suck.

Sincerely,
Glock-o-matic

glockomatic on July 31, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Glad he saved my $2500 – at least I’ll be able to afford some of that premium increase (Heh!).

Another Drew on July 31, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Well, the good news is that this only effects working and tax-paying legal Californians who haven’t received a special carve out exemption by Obama and the Dems.

So we’re talking 15-20 folks, top.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on July 31, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Does anyone besides me find this assertion, suspect? Besides the fact that the ballot measure hasn’t been passed yet, won’t even be voted on until Nov, he, and Ed are acting as if the Law has already taken effect.

oscarwilde on July 31, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Okay, I’ll bite.

So, those regulators are going to let those costs to their voters spike and NOT do anything about it?

Hey voter! Vote for this and your costs won’t suck as much!

What would YOU do?

Turtle317 on July 31, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Maybe they could bring back the California Raisin’s to sing about the higher premiums.

Flange on July 31, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Or the insurance companies will bail out of California altogether. Why stay in a market where you’re not allowed by law to make a profit?

Doughboy on July 31, 2014 at 2:12 PM

That was actually the purpose of Obamacare by design.

ConstantineXI on July 31, 2014 at 2:34 PM

What would YOU do?

Turtle317 on July 31, 2014 at 2:30 PM

ROTFLMAO… You obviously do not live in California.

oscarwilde on July 31, 2014 at 2:34 PM

It’s becoming increasingly clear that the current approach is not only not working, it’s making things significantly worse than before. If the government couldn’t be bothered to get its central platform of its central domestic policy right, what does that say about the prospects that ObamaCare will work better in the future?

If only somebody had stood up in the Senate and championed defunding Obamacare last October. Oh that’s right somebody did and the GOPe tripped over themselves to undermine the effort. All the while singing the HA “live to fight another day fight song” and “climb some other mountain-this one’s not worth dying on” ballad.

Happy Nomad on July 31, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Unexpected!!

tommer74 on July 31, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Lib: “All of the Dems will be running on the absolute success of Obamacare in November.” Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah…

vnvet on July 31, 2014 at 2:36 PM

im sure the commentors on this site will find at least a dozen differant ways to deny obama any credit for this or spin it as a bad thing.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Not this time precious, Barry can take full credit for this.

slickwillie2001 on July 31, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Bbbbut Obama’s signature legacy is the economy…which is being killed by Obamacare…

Unexpectedly!

workingclass artist on July 31, 2014 at 2:36 PM

This can’t be true, I remeber the MSM telling me recently that rate increases haven’t been as much as we knuckle dragging conservatives screamed would be, there was even a study!

Skwor on July 31, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Think I’ll vote against this ballot measure. Can’t wait to see how they pitch it to voters and all the tap-dancing that will have to be done to avoid using the words “Obamacare” or “Affordable Care Act”.

Left Coast Right Mind on July 31, 2014 at 2:37 PM

ObamaCare caused some premiums to nearly double in California

Who hates who?

Electrongod on July 31, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Maybe they could bring back the California Raisin’s to sing about the higher premiums.

Flange on July 31, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Well the remaining raisins anyway. The years of hard living caught up with one of them back in the 90s with the usual results. ;0

But seriously, wasn’t it California that rolled out Obamacare with the marathon television show complete with lesbians, politicians, and Richard Simmons?

Happy Nomad on July 31, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Shhhhh…..we don’t talk about obamacare around here anymore.

everditzo on July 22, 2014 at 1:27 PM

We’ll make an exception for this.

slickwillie2001 on July 31, 2014 at 2:38 PM

ROTFLMAO… You obviously do not live in California.

oscarwilde on July 31, 2014 at 2:34 PM

You need to do better than that. Tell me why the regulators won’t get involved to keep the price down? I mean, the insurance companies ALREADY are guaranteed tax money to cover their butts if the costs exceed their “investment.”

And we still have a 22%-88% spike – with more to come!

Are the dems in CA going to let that one go and pretty much say: “Oh well, sucks to be you.”

Of course, it’s on the ballot – and of course, it will pass because no one wants to pay that much EXTRA for insurance… even though they are STILL paying for it with tax revenue.

Turtle317 on July 31, 2014 at 2:40 PM

I lost my California insurance to O-care. My premiums went up about 40%. Bad, but worse, my exposure went from a $1750 deductible to a $6350 “out of pocket maximum.” In April, I had a medical emergency that required hospitalization. $4600 poorer than I’d have been with my old substandard plan.

Arnold Yabenson on July 31, 2014 at 2:42 PM

I live in LA. My individual policy was canceled.

The CA cares website started at double the premium with triple the deductible and my 2 closest hospitals do not accept those plans (Cedars and UCLA).

It costs the same to form my own group and I get all the benefits of the extra premiums paid, not someone else’s family. If you’re self employed don’t do the exchange. Cripple it by purchasing a plan outside the exchange with an insurer that does not participate in the exchanges.

dougless on July 31, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Well the remaining raisins anyway. The years of hard living caught up with one of them back in the 90s with the usual results. ;0
Happy Nomad on July 31, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Saw the VH1 Behind the Music on the Raisins. Sad, but typical stories of hard drugs, groupies, prostitutes…even hints of a little cannibalism. Truly depressing.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on July 31, 2014 at 2:43 PM

im sure the commentors on this site will find at least a dozen differant ways to deny obama any credit for this or spin it as a bad thing.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 5:33 PM

REAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS AT LEAST 18 PERCENT

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/29/Real-Unemployment-Rate-Is-at-Least-18-Percent

The U6 Table rates NYC U6 at 14.6 %
LA County at 17.8 %

http://www.bls.gov/lau/stalt.htm

Perfect time to flood the border with illegals.

workingclass artist on July 31, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Don’t worry, the suit against the president will fix all of this. Just hold on for a few years when the SCOTUS decides on the suit (if it gets that far).
The suit will solve these problems. Thank heavens we have this suit to put the fear of the people in this overreaching president. Just be patient people, there is a law suit pending which will solve all these problems. Don’t get distracted, keep the eye on the ball. This law suit is the answer. Happy days are ahead in a few years when this law suit is finally adjudicated by the SCOTUS if it gets that far and it has standing – and then of course the SCOTUS might rebuke ex-president Obama and tell him not to do it again. That SCOTUS possible rebuke of Obama on his delaying of the mandate will be a wonderful day that will solve all of our problems.

BoxHead1 on July 31, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Which California?

kcewa on July 31, 2014 at 2:44 PM

When premiums decline y’all are going to be pissed!

libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Girl, bye.

slickwillie2001 on July 31, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Saw the VH1 Behind the Music on the Raisins. Sad, but typical stories of hard drugs, groupies, prostitutes…even hints of a little cannibalism. Truly depressing.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on July 31, 2014 at 2:43 PM

All lies…

kcewa on July 31, 2014 at 2:45 PM

I lost my California insurance to O-care. My premiums went up about 40%. Bad, but worse, my exposure went from a $1750 deductible to a $6350 “out of pocket maximum.” In April, I had a medical emergency that required hospitalization. $4600 poorer than I’d have been with my old substandard plan.

Arnold Yabenson on July 31, 2014 at 2:42 PM

You uneducated hating racist, o-care obviously prevented you from having a bad policy and saved you from under coverage, especially for things like sex changes and all contraception’s for whatever sex you prefer to be that day. How can you come here and make such hateful lies about you new inspired health care package!

Skwor on July 31, 2014 at 2:46 PM

It’s a good thing that private citizens are not forced to purchase something they don’t want…. oh, wait.

There’s plenty of blame, but right now I’m thinking about John Roberts.

Well, I also think about the Dems shoving this abortion through on Christmas Eve. May they burn for all they’ve done and continue to do.
What a Charlie Foxtrot this administration is.

freedomfirst on July 31, 2014 at 2:47 PM

All lies… Sour grapes…

kcewa on July 31, 2014 at 2:45 PM

:-)

Flange on July 31, 2014 at 2:47 PM

slickwillie2001 on July 31, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Got to admit – that’s one of my favorites from the political/economic perflusser.

Turtle317 on July 31, 2014 at 2:47 PM

This can’t be true, I remeber the MSM telling me recently that rate increases haven’t been as much as we knuckle dragging conservatives screamed would be, there was even a study!

Skwor on July 31, 2014 at 2:37 PM

No doubt that study failed to involve Californians….Kinda like the current Border Crisis National Guard study that doesn’t include officials in Texas…

Lean Forward!

workingclass artist on July 31, 2014 at 2:47 PM

When premiums decline y’all are going to be pissed!

libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 10:18 AM

When exactly is this gonna happen?
OR
I do not think decline means what you think it means.

Skwor on July 31, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Of course, it’s on the ballot – and of course, it will pass because no one wants to pay that much EXTRA for insurance… even though they are STILL paying for it with tax revenue.

Turtle317 on July 31, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Don’t be stupid. If you don’t live here, and don’t know what is going on here, don’t act like you do. California is on the verge of a massive tax rebellion. Nothing on the ballot in Nov is a sure bet, and I do mean nothing.

Unemployment here is way way worse than the Fed or the State is admitting to, inflation and taxes are killing us, trust in the Federal Government and Sacramento has not been this low in my entire life.

We are looking at a $.76 tax increase per gallon on gasoline on Jan 1 2015. Odds of any measure on the ballot in Nov passing are not very favorable. Odds of Governor Moonbeam remaining Governor, not very good.

oscarwilde on July 31, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Girl, bye.

slickwillie2001 on July 31, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Yes – awesome!

22044 on July 31, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Don’t be stupid. If you don’t live here, and don’t know what is going on here, don’t act like you do. California is on the verge of a massive tax rebellion. Nothing on the ballot in Nov is a sure bet, and I do mean nothing.

Unemployment here is way way worse than the Fed or the State is admitting to, inflation and taxes are killing us, trust in the Federal Government and Sacramento has not been this low in my entire life.

We are looking at a $.76 tax increase per gallon on gasoline on Jan 1 2015. Odds of any measure on the ballot in Nov passing are not very favorable. Odds of Governor Moonbeam remaining Governor, not very good.

oscarwilde on July 31, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Sorry but I will believe it when I see it. As the saying goes… as Kalifornia goes so goes the rest of America’s idiot’s liberals

Skwor on July 31, 2014 at 2:52 PM

A very insightful, fact-filled article with much grist for rumination and reflection.

-all of which is utterly lost on the overgrown toddlers who voted this cretin into office – twice – on his promise to give them free stuff like rubbers and cell phones.

jbspry on July 31, 2014 at 2:54 PM

im sure the commentors (sic) on this site will find at least a dozen differant (sic) ways to deny obama any credit for this or spin it as a bad thing.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Koched up Brain needs remedial spelling class, but I do agree on this point and won’t deny it. Obama deserves all the credit for his namesake clusterfark and we will definitely spin it truthfully as a bad thing.

Thx wc artist. I’m saving this one.

Closet Optimist on July 31, 2014 at 2:54 PM

oscarwilde on July 31, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Honestly, I hope you’re right. But then again, I never thought we would elect a Fascist to run the country for the last six years.

Best of luck to you.

Turtle317 on July 31, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Is this part of lowering my premiums 3000%?
OR
Is this the part of saving the average person $200 per year.
OR
Is this the part of bending the cost curve down?

Has there been one single point that the rational people against Obama-democrat care have been wrong on?

Just one. Come out and play fascist leftist trolls. Give me one.

jukin3 on July 31, 2014 at 3:08 PM

$200 should be $2500 Preview is your friend.

jukin3 on July 31, 2014 at 3:11 PM

So all this means is that federal taxpayer dollars will go to shore up any losses incurred by the California Insurance companies when they are forced to limit their rate increases to reflect the actual cost of covering the insured.

Way to go Obama.

can_con on July 31, 2014 at 2:08 PM

To clarify, the losses will be because they can’t raise the pricing accurately to reflect the increased cost of the services they are covering, putting them into a net loss position.

And the law has bailouts built in. Apparently Obama did build that!

So what is to stopping every other state from enacting the same price controls and expecting the feds to pick up the difference?

can_con on July 31, 2014 at 3:13 PM

slickwillie2001 on July 31, 2014 at 2:44 PM

I do so love the classics™

JusDreamin on July 31, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Suicide by voting…at least liberals are suffering the fate of their own stupidity. I’m sorry for the few conservatives left in Mexifornia.

cajunpatriot on July 31, 2014 at 3:17 PM

When premiums decline y’all are going to be pissed!

libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 10:18 AM

The only way that will happen is if Obamacare is repealed. Then, we’ll be ecstatic You’re putting us on right? Even liberals aren’t that stupid!

cajunpatriot on July 31, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Odds of any measure on the ballot in Nov passing are not very favorable. Odds of Governor Moonbeam remaining Governor, not very good.

oscarwilde on July 31, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Funny, isn’t it, how quickly everyone forgets why Gray Davis lost his recall election in the first place. They pile on Arnold, get the governor they thought they needed, only to realize they got the governor they deserved.

Arnold was the worst California governor of this generation. Except for everybody that came before or after him.

The Schaef on July 31, 2014 at 3:30 PM

And the remedy for the government-caused rate increases?

Government fiat.

Axeman on July 31, 2014 at 3:36 PM

This is awkward

This is all whistling past the graveyard. By November Democrats will be openly running on Obamacare.

Judge_Dredd on July 31, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Mission Accomplished. Kill the system and they will bring in Single Payer.
Oil Can on July 31, 2014 at 2:04 PM
Actually the epic incomptance displayed pretty much sours any tast there was for that in middle America but hard left dems will want it no doubt still despite accute failures.

sorrowen on July 31, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Even liberals aren’t that stupid!

cajunpatriot on July 31, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Yes… yes, they are.

Turtle317 on July 31, 2014 at 3:50 PM

I remember how the trolls went, “Hahahahahahaha”, when it passed.

I guess the, “Ha”, is on them.

Mission Accomplished. Kill the system and they will bring in Single Payer.

Oil Can on July 31, 2014 at 2:04 PM

No, that was if it worked and it “needed to be tweaked” to make sure everybody got theirs.

After this, people are going to be off government solutions for quite a while.

formwiz on July 31, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Utopia ain’t cheap ya’ know……..haters.

antipc on July 31, 2014 at 4:01 PM

#GruberGate: Tale of the Tapes

On at least seven occasions, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber indicated states had to set up exchanges or subsidies would stop flowing, threatening the law’s effective existence.

This is a position he now ridicules and insists nobody ever believed.

non-nonpartisan on July 31, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Is there anything Obama has touched that hasn’t turned to sh!t (mostly by design)?

bw222 on July 31, 2014 at 4:12 PM

I remember how the trolls went, “Hahahahahahaha”, when it passed.

formwiz on July 31, 2014 at 3:52 PM

And, the trolls we had back then were far smarter less stupid than the trolls we have today.

bw222 on July 31, 2014 at 4:16 PM

And, the trolls we had back then were far smarter less stupid than the trolls we have today.

bw222 on July 31, 2014 at 4:16 PM

The trolls of any era must be physically hurt badly before they make the connection. And even at that point, which not every one will reach regardless, will they admit they hadn’t a clue. Those trolls will simply fade away without ever admitting to anyone that they had no business near a voting booth. Fools with democrat voting tendencies do not have the humility or the brain function to be contrite.

Judge_Dredd on July 31, 2014 at 4:22 PM

The crazy thing of it is, there are a multitude of Californians who would THANK Obama, aka the Dictator, aka King Putt, for jacking up their premiums nearly twofold. After all, he cares…

Sir Rants-A-Lot on July 31, 2014 at 4:30 PM

California, the gift of crazy that just keeps on giving.

What do they think would happen to all the little doughnut shops if the legislature passed a law that said you could only charge a nickel for a doughnut, no matter what it cost to make? Right, no more doughnuts.

I’m thinking they should just pass a law that everything shall be groovy for everybody forever, then close up the legislature and go home. That should work.

IndieDogg on July 31, 2014 at 4:46 PM

As of this month mine have doubled in Nevada. The rate increases started when Obamacare passed and I wasn’t even forced onto Obamacare. But birth control is available now. Course I have grand kids so it may not have been to much of a problem anyway.

CW20 on July 31, 2014 at 4:56 PM

ObamaCare caused some premiums to nearly double in California.

The very people who overwhelmingly voted for Obama are suffering the most. Californians get what they deserve and I hope they suffer. You may call it California bashing but I call it ‘poetic justice’. Ha ha ha.

MaiDee on July 31, 2014 at 5:52 PM

I’m actually surprised by this, because California, along with NY, IL, were very heavily regulated by state Democratics so that the original Obamacare insurance premium rates were originally forecast to be only a little higher than 2013 rates.

This does not bode well for the other 56 states.

PS This article only covers the actual premiums, but no doubt the total deductible and the out-of-pocket limits have also gone up.

slickwillie2001 on July 31, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Serves those effing lib idiots and perverts right.

WannabeAnglican on July 31, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Shhhhh…..we don’t talk about obamacare around here …

everdiso on July 22, 2014 at 1:27 PM.

Chuck Schick on July 31, 2014 at 8:23 PM

oscarwilde on July 31, 2014 at 2:49 PM
I sure hope you’re right! But there are so many liberal brain dead in Ca. I’m afraid they will just keeping voting for the rape we are getting. Wait until that increase in gas tax hits, we already have the highest gas tax in the country.
Gads just reading this has depressed me, sigh!

Bakokitty on July 31, 2014 at 8:37 PM

LOL

everadumbass/lester won’t even show his face to try to spin this. We have to pull his previous comments up. Poor widdle lester. And where’s Ded Pecker?

HumpBot Salvation on July 31, 2014 at 8:48 PM

And where’s Ded Pecker?

HumpBot Salvation on July 31, 2014 at 8:48 PM

He’s in his mother’s basement fighting to get out of his pajamas that turned too tight on him from all the cocoa he’s been drinking.

NapaConservative on August 1, 2014 at 11:52 AM