Subcommittee to Examine Health Law’s Looming Premium Rate Shock Next Week
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), has scheduled a hearing for Monday, May 20, 2013, at 4 p.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled “Health Insurance Premiums Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Witnesses to be announced.
Today, the Energy and Commerce Committee released a report, “The Looming Premium Rate Shock.” The report, citing internal documents obtained from the nation’s largest health insurance companies, reveals the health care law’s policies, mandates, taxes, and fees will cause major premium increases for consumers in the individual, small group, and large group markets. Next Monday’s hearing will continue this examination of the law’s impact on insurance premiums and the ramifications these increases will have on consumers, job creators, and providers.
"Just last week, the president continued to defend Obamacare declaring that there is no evidence the law will cause health insurance premiums to rise. However, his rhetoric does not reflect reality," said Chairman Murphy. "Internal analyses from our nation's top insurance companies clearly show that Obamacare's mandates, taxes, and fees will cause major premium increases for most Americans. Contrary to the law's name, Obamacare is unaffordable."
The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.
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May 13, 2013
Insurers predict 100%-400% Obamacare rate explosion
Internal cost estimates from 17 of the nation's largest insurance companies indicate that health insurance premiums will grow an average of 100 percent under Obamacare, and that some will soar more than 400 percent, crushing the administration's goal of affordability.
New regulations, policies, taxes, fees and mandates are the reason for the unexpected "rate shock," according to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which released a report Monday based on internal documents provided by the insurance companies. The 17 companies include Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kaiser Foundation.
The report found that individuals will face "premium increases of nearly 100 percent on average, with potential highs eclipsing 400 percent. Meanwhile, small businesses can expect average premium increases in the small group market of up to 50 percent, with potential highs over 100 percent."
One company said that new participants in the individual market could see a premium increase of 413 percent when new requirements on age rating and required benefits are taken into account, said the report. "The average yearly cost for a new customer in the individual market grows from $1,896 to $3,708 -- a $1,812 cost increase," it added.
The key reasons for the surge in premiums include providing wider services than people are now paying for and adding less healthy people to the roles of insured, said the report.
It concluded: "Despite promises that the law will lower costs, [Obamacare] will in fact cause the premiums of many Americans to spike substantially. The broken promises are numerous, and the empirical data reveal that many Americans, from recent college graduates to older adults, will not be able to afford the law's higher costs."
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