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McCaskill: Obamacare “Will Bring Down The Deficit And Bring Down Health Care Costs”

July 27th, 2012 by mopns · No Comments

When Obamacare was passed, Claire and the Democrats promised that healthcare costs would go down:

McCaskill: “We Passed A Bill That I Think Over The Long Haul, That I Think Will Bring Down The Deficit And Bring Down Health Care Costs.”

“McCaskill Said The [Health Care] Bill Is Not Perfect But Will ‘Vastly Improve The Current Realities Of Health Care In Our Country’ By Stabilizing Health Care Costs, Making Insurance More Affordable And Available To Most Americans And By Reducing The Deficit Over 20 Years.”

Conservatives and a person smarter than a fifth grader knew these promises were bogus. We have learned that the total cost of the healthcare bill has risen from $940 billion to nearly $1.75 trillion. Since this unpopular monstrosity was passed, healthcare costs have risen by 9 percent and the average premium has risen by $1,300 and could rise even further according to today’s Congressional Budget Office report:

The additional enrollees [i.e., those previously projected to enroll in Medicaid, but who will now receive Exchange subsidies in light of the Court’s ruling] are likely to spend more on health care, on average, than those previously expected to purchase insurance through the exchanges because people with lower income generally have somewhat poorer health.  As a result, CBO and JCT now estimate that the premiums for health insurance offered through the exchanges, along with premiums in the individual market, will be 2 percent higher than those estimated in March 2012.

Remarkably, even the media is reporting it:

BLOOMBERG:  “The average cost of a family policy climbed 9 percent in 2011 to $15,073, according to a poll of 2,088 private companies and state and local government agencies by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in Menlo Park, California, and the Chicago- based American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Educational Trust.”

WALL STREET JOURNAL:  “[In 2011], the health-insurance premiums employers pay rose sharply this year, with the average annual cost of family coverage passing the $15,000 mark for the first time, according to a major survey.”

WALL STREET JOURNAL: “The average annual family premium for 2011 was $15,073, up from $13,770 last year.”


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