ObamaCare premiums in Ga. ‘soar’ … by 3 percent

Source: PricewaterhouseCooper's Health Research Institute

Source: PricewaterhouseCooper’s Health Research Institute

Remember how ObamaCare was going to make health insurance unaffordable? Remember as recently as March of this year, when conservatives were celebrating claims that the cost of coverage would double or even triple in parts of the country?

The exchanges are now open, and according to data compiled by PricewaterhouseCooper, five additional insurers have entered the Georgia market and are offering health-insurance policies for 2015. Thanks in part to the increased competition, the median premium increase in 2015 for Georgia is … 3 percent.

Three percent.

For the sake of comparison, the Commonwealth Fund reports that the cost of individual coverage in Georgia rose by 41 percent from 2003-2011; for family coverage, it rose by 62 percent.

And while we’re at it, let’s also check to see what a major national health-benefits consulting firm is telling its corporate customers about the future of health-care costs:

“Health benefit plan cost trend rates show the slowest growth in 14 years of trend forecasts, according to data compiled in the 2014 Segal Health Plan Cost Trend Survey, Segal Consulting’s seventeenth annual survey of managed care organizations, health insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and third-party administrators.”

Again, these assessments aren’t coming from the White House or from Democrats or even the “liberal media”. These are private-industry, third-party assessments of what’s really happening in the health-insurance market. All of those claims of a “death spiral” in health insurance and other alleged disasters said to be looming have been proved groundless.

And there have been others as well, of course.

Remember when ObamaCare — the catch phrase for a while was “job-killing ObamaCare” — was going to destroy the American economy — the same economy that has added some 2.6 million jobs in the past year, including 250,000 in health care?

Remember when Obama was going to lead to fewer Americans being covered by health insurance, but in fact has led to an increase of 10 million to 12 million with health insurance? In Arkansas, one of the few Southeastern states to have accepted Medicaid expansion, “uninsured ER visits decreased by 24 percent, and uninsured hospital stays dropped 30 percent,” easing financial pressure on hospitals and also easing the cost-shifting for providing care to the uninsured onto those with private insurance.

That may help to explain why in 2015, the average price of an individual policy in Arkansas actually fell by 2 percent.

These days, the standard conservative rebuttal to such facts is two words: “Jonathan Gruber.” The MIT economist who designed RomneyCare in Massachusetts and consulted in the creation of ObamaCare has become a folk anti-hero for his crude, elitist description of the American people as “stupid” in past videotaped comments.

Gruber’s academic arrogance aside, the willful misinterpretation of the content of his remarks by conservatives has been pretty astonishing, even though it shouldn’t be. (If you want a good explanation, go here.) But what I find most amazing about the whole faux controversy is how much of it has come from the very people who at the time of ObamaCare’s passage were peddling a line of malarkey that treated the American people is if they were dumber than dirt.

Yes, I’m talking about “death panels”.

It started with Sarah Palin, at the time time fresh off her role as the GOP’s 2008 vice presidential nominee, who claimed that under ObamaCare, her son with Down Syndrome might be judged unworthy of getting health care “based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society.'”

“Such a system is downright evil,” she said, and the absurd claim quickly became part of the Republican mainstream.

Remember John Boehner, warning that “this provision may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia…”? Remember Sen. Charles Grassley, in an Iowa town hall meeting, telling constituents that people “have every right to fear … We should not have a government program that determines you’re going to pull the plug on Grandma.”

Remember the conservative media comparing ObamaCare to Nazi efforts at mass euthanasia of the elderly and disabled?

Nothing said by an obscure MIT academic can compare to the cynicism, gross deception and insult to the intelligence of the American people carried out back then by many of the same political and media figures now claiming to be shocked by Gruber.  The most depressing thing about the whole mess is that as recently as 2012, four in 10 Americans said they believed the “death panels” were actually real.

 

 

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pulpgrinder
pulpgrinder

This may have been asked previously and is buried in the 650 comments, but:


Premium increases have averaged 3.7%, but what are there any reports on the average increase in deductibles? 


My personal example is simply anecdotal.  My work provided health insurance premiums have increased more than 3.7% (my contribution monthly went from around $600 to a bit under $750, which doesn't include the increase that my employer has seen for their half of the premium).

But, the biggest increase has been in the deductible.  What was once a $1500 family deductible is now $6000.

So, in this case, my family healthcare coverage costs are substantially more than just the premium increases.



Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

"kayaker71, you can't win arguments"


Fixed that for you, JoeBobJoe.

JoeBobJoe
JoeBobJoe

Continuing liberal hogwash in. this blog  "added 2.6 million jobs this past year"   Why is there still a record 46 million  people  on food stamps?  kayaker71, you can't win arguments with facts when dealing with idiots.  Their first line of defense is to call you a liar.

RantNRave
RantNRave




"Obama was against it before he was for it?......or do I have that turned around?.....and who's Guber....Gruber?


Oh that was immigration reform....Get the names of his advisers on that before he "forgets" them too."


LEFTISNOTRIGHT


HE DIDN'T FORGET WHAT GRUBER SAID ABOUT OBAMACARE................................


"Look, I wish we could make it all transparent, but I'd rather have OBAMACARE THAN NOT"  SAYS GRUBER


heeheeheeheeheeee

RantNRave
RantNRave

"knowing nothing whatsoever will actually change."


LENIN TIME 


NOTHING WILL CHANGE ???


OH YEAH 


OBAMACARE PREMIUMS IN GEORGIA ‘SOAR’ … BY 3 PERCENT......NOW THAT'S CHANGE


heeheeheeheeheeheehee

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

"That Ronald is a lousy actor."


Bonzo, 1951.

kayaker71
kayaker71

"I am not the emperor of this country, I am this countries president.  I do not have the presidential power to grant blanket amnesty to these immigrants."


Bozo, 2009

Kamchak
Kamchak

@kayaker71 

amnesty

 1986 Ronaldo Reaganendez called and said, "I got your amnesty hangin' right here, sport."

gotalife
gotalife

nsa reform was rejected to show rand paul is a fraud.

LeninTime
LeninTime

Aside from a few gullible liberals, the ones who are really in favor of an Elizabeth Warren (or Bernie Sanders) run is the 1% oligarchy. They're very much in favor of having the system dangle the fake potential for change, knowing nothing whatsoever will actually change.

Think Hope and Change Pt. II.

LeftisnotRight
LeftisnotRight

Obama was against it before he was for it?......or do I have that turned around?.....and who's Guber....Gruber?


Oh that was immigration reform....Get the names of his advisers on that before he "forgets" them too.



Crossbreed
Crossbreed

Warren is perfect as she will calm the fears of the far left. 

LeninTime
LeninTime

@Crossbreed

Warren is kind of a tame establishment centrist. 

She does not represent the slightest threat to the powers that be.

gotalife
gotalife

@LeninTime @Crossbreed Yeah, there are only a couple of dems that will scream I object on all senate bills and that is all it takes.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

Poor kayaker.  I wonder if he too is suffering from a reduction in his Medicare Advantage tax subsidy.

Gmare
Gmare

"The love of money is the root of all evil"

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@gotalife 

"Money is the root of all money"

Proofreading is fundamental 


gotalife
gotalife

Just stop the lying cons.


It does not work here.

gotalife
gotalife

gruber, gruber and gruber.


And on and on and on.......

kayaker71
kayaker71

We were promised a reduction in HC premiums of $2500 under Bozocare, however, the average cost, per year, of HC insurance for the average family has risen from $13375 in 2009 to $16834 in 2014.  The employee, on average, picks up about 28% of that cost or about $$4823/yr.  This appears to be the figure that Bookman is reporting in a 3.7% rise.  However, since 2009, the average wages for a family has only risen about 0.07% while HC premiums have taken a 3.7% rise.  Not a small amount for a family to bear.  Not the mention the burden on the employer who has to pay the other $12011 of the health care burden for each family in in his employ.  We are talking private insurance here, not Bozocare with govt subsidies which is a whole different story.  Someone has to pay this huge rise in what HC insurance costs...... in the private sector by the employer and under Bozocare in the form of a subsidy,  by the American taxpayer.  Figures out to a hell of a lot more than a "modest 3%", Bookman. 

kayaker71
kayaker71

@HeadleyLamar @kayaker71 Not made up, Lamar,  Do your homework, my friend.  Its called Google..... you know, that web site that allows you to gain more knowledge. 

kayaker71
kayaker71

@HeadleyLamar @kayaker71 I have been called a lot of things, a$$hole, but liar is not one that I particularly care for..  Kindly place it where the sun does not shine.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@kayaker71 Perhaps you should first locate those "Bozocare" policies that are supposed to give you the premium you seek and go from there.

gotalife
gotalife

@kayaker71 Why does everything the rw touch fail? You even destroyed religion.

kayaker71
kayaker71

@Numbers_R_Us @kayaker71 Not interested in doing that.  I am only refuting what Bookma calls a "modest"increase in the cost of health care for the average family by implying that 3.7% is the whole story.  As usual, he tends to leave things out quite a bit. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@kayaker71 @HeadleyLamar I have been called a lot of things, a$$hole, but liar is not one that I particularly care for.


Hurts when I hit the mark doesn't it


You are not just a liar....But a Fu***** Liar 

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@kayaker71 @Numbers_R_Us You are not interested in refuting anything that Jay presented.  You are just continuing to display your hatred of President Obama.  Have fun with that "BozoCare" you seek.

kayaker71
kayaker71

@HeadleyLamar @kayaker71 Watch it, Lamar.  People have been thrown off of this liberal love fest for less.  Instead of calling people names, do a little research.  It works wonders for the truth.....  that is if you are interested in the truth. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@kayaker71 @HeadleyLamar Watch it, Lamar.  People have been thrown off of this liberal love fest for less.


You worry about yourself liar.


If you weren't pulling those numbers out of your a$$ you could cite them


But you cant...Because you are a liar.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@kayaker71 

 do a little research.

(shrug)

Your assertion, you supply the proof.

Either you can substantiate what comes out of that pie-hole of yours with evidence, or you can't.

It's not complicated.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Kamchak @kayaker71 Your assertion, you supply the proof.


Exactly...Is that too much to ask ?


Until then he is just another ( Death Panels anyone ) RW liar.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@HeadleyLamar 

Exactly...Is that too much to ask ?

I think they spend too much time at the children's table next door at Kyle's that they forget this is where the adults converse.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@kayaker71 

Its called Google...

A sure sign that your reference is Encyclopedia Outofyourassica.

Just sayin'.