ObamaCare Architect: Health insurance premiums to rise

Throughout the debate over ObamaCare in the Congress in 2009, the President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats told us that, without action, health insurance premiums would continue to rise.

Of course, those of us that followed the aftermath of the Massachusetts model — the blueprint for ObamaCare — knew that ObamaCare would inevitably lead to higher premiums (as well and other effects, including the loss of 18,000 jobs), making it more difficult to purchase health insurance coverage. Jonathan Gruber, the architect of both ObamaCare and RomneyCare, is now admitting what most of us already knew:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Jonathan Gruber, who also devised former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s statewide health care reforms, is backtracking on an analysis he provided the White House in support of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, informing officials in three states that the price of insurance premiums will dramatically increase under the reforms.

In an email to The Daily Caller, Gruber framed this new reality in terms of the same human self-interest that some conservatives had warned in 2010 would ultimately rule the marketplace.

“The market was so discriminatory,” Gruber told TheDC, “that only the healthy bought non-group insurance and the sick just stayed [uninsured].”

“It is true that even after tax credits some individuals are ‘losers,’” he conceded, “in that they pay more than before [Obama’s] reform.”
In 2011, officials in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Colorado ordered reports from Gruber which offer a drastically different portrait in 2012 from the one Obama painted just 17 months ago.

“As a consequence of the Affordable Care Act,” the president said in September 2010, ”premiums are going to be lower than they would be otherwise; health care costs overall are going to be lower than they would be otherwise.”

Gruber’s new reports are in direct contrast Obama’s words — and with claims Gruber himself made in 2009. Then, the economics professor said that based on figures provided by the independent Congressional Budget Office, “[health care] reform will significantly reduce, not increase, non-group premiums.”

During his presentation to Wisconsin officials in August 2011, Gruber revealed that while about 57 percent of those who get their insurance through the individual market will benefit in one way or another from the law’s subsides, an even larger majority of the individual market will end up paying drastically more overall.

“After the application of tax subsidies, 59 percent of the individual market will experience an average premium increase of 31 percent,” Gruber reported.

If only there were people warning that ObamaCare wouldn’t lower health insurance premiums or control costs. Oh wait, there were. Unfortunately, President Obama and Democrats, who controlled Congress at the time, weren’t interested in debate and literally rammed through a terrible bill.

H/T: American Thinker

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