US Health Law Will Increase Costs

Yet another study finds that the United States new health care law ("ObamaCare") is going to increase costs. And this one wasn't issued by an opponent of the Democrats' reforms. In fact, one of its authors is an ObamaCare apologist, says Investor's Business Daily.

In an effort to determine how ObamaCare would affect Wisconsin, the state's Health Services Department commissioned Gorman Actuarial and economist Jonathan Gruber from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to assess the program. The review was ordered up by former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, a faithful ObamaCare supporter who has claimed the law will control health care costs.

  • Under its "Key Findings" heading, the report says the market for individual policies "will experience premium increases as compared to pre-reform premiums."

  • "Prior to the application of tax subsidies, 87 per cent of the individual market will experience an average premium increase of 41 per cent," says the report.

  • "The average increase for the entire individual market will be 30 per cent."

    Even subsidies won't help much. The report says that after subsidies, "59 per cent of the individual market will experience an average premium increase of 31 per cent."

    Also in line for increased costs is the small employer group, 53 per cent of which "will experience a premium increase as compared to pre-reform premiums." The average premium among those who belong to this group will go up by 15 per cent.

    Source: It's Going To Hurt, Investor's Business Daily, September 7, 2011.

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    First published by the National Center for Policy Analysis, United States

    FMF Policy Bulletin/ 22 September 2011
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