In 3 Charts, the Biggest Revelations From New Obamacare Study

By Rachel del Guidice, Reporter for The Daily Signal

Health care costs continue to rise under Obamacare.

A report released Tuesday by the Department of Health and Human Services shows a significant hike in the average cost of individual plans since 2013 in 39 states.

In 2013, the average annual cost of a premium for an individual health care plan was $2,784. By 2017, the average annual cost for a premium for an individual health care plan on HealthCare.gov was $5,712. Thirty-nine states use HealthCare.gov.

Twenty-four states had Obamacare premiums in 2017 that were double the average individual premium in 2013.

In three states, the Obamacare premiums are now triple the average individual premium in 2013.

President Barack Obama promised premiums would go down under Obamacare.

“You should know that once we [have Obamacare] fully implemented, you’re going to be able to buy insurance through a pool so that you can get the same good rates as a group that if you’re an employee at a big company you can get right now—which means your premiums will go down,” Obama said in 2012.

Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization, told The Daily Signal in an email that Obamacare is flawed.

“The key promise the Obama administration made to Americans in the health reform debate was that their premium and health costs would go down,” Turner said, adding:

But year after year, families have seen their premiums soar. This new HHS study, looking at premium costs before and after Obamacare, proves that the law has failed dramatically to fulfill its promise.

Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, said in a statement that “This report proves what Republicans have been saying for years—Obamacare was sold on lies that failed to deliver for the American people.”

Bob Moffit, a senior fellow and health care expert at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal in an email that he is not surprised by the findings of the study.

“Obamacare has literally wrecked the individual market with skyrocketing premiums, crazy deductibles, restrictive physician networks, and a radical decline in plan participation and competition,” Moffit said. “The roots of the current crisis were baked into the law from the beginning, [along with] costly benefit mandates and inflexible insurance regulations.”

Drew Gonshorowski, a senior policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation, who studies Medicare and Medicaid, said he is also unsurprised.

“This study shows something that we’ve already known about the exchanges for some time now–that premiums have and continue to rise drastically,” Gonshorowski said in an email to The Daily Signal.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the law cannot sustain itself.

 In a report released Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Republican Obamacare replacement plan, the American Health Care Act, will reduce budget deficits by $119 billion from 2017-2026.

Under Obamacare, the number of uninsured is estimated to be 28 million in 2026, according to the report, which estimates that number would rise to 51 million the same year if the American Health Care Act became law.

This article has been corrected to reflect the average cost for Obamacare premiums in 2017.

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A recent article written by Kevin B. O’Reilly of the American Medical Association (AMA), argued that Republicans should focus health care reform efforts on protecting insurance gains to improve health care coverage and access. Specifically, he advocates the government provide income-based refundable tax credits or subsidies to “help make health…

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To Unleash Prosperity, Dodd-Frank Must Go

By Justin Posey, Communications Manager at the Heritage Foundation After the financial market crash in 2008, liberal lawmakers insisted that more stringent regulations must be placed on our nation’s financial markets in order to prevent another collapse. In unison, they rallied around the straw man that massive deregulation of the…

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Voters won’t forgive Republicans if they fail to repeal ObamaCare

By Heritage Action COO Tim Chapman Two months into a new Congress and a bill to repeal ObamaCare has yet to move. Initially, Republicans had hoped to put a repeal bill on President Trump’s desk on his inauguration day. Then the timeline moved back to Presidents Day in February. As…

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Q&A on Trump’s WOTUS Executive Order

By Heritage Foundation scholar Daren Bakst & Daily Signal editor Daniel Davis In light of President Donald Trump’s executive order that should put an end to the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, The Heritage Foundation released the following statement: "President Trump’s executive order instructing the Environmental Protection Agency…

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Obamacare’s broken promises

By Heritage Action Sentinel Ginny Quaglia The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is a list of broken promises and rate shock. North Carolina is feeling the sticker shock of a whopping 24 percent average increase in premiums. South Carolina is one of five states with only one carrier in 2017, with rates…

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ACA hardly affordable

By Heritage Action Sentinel Jude Eden The “Affordable” Care Act has turned out to be anything but; a complete failure by any measure. The very people it’s supposed to help are hit the hardest by its unaffordability. We had to get it last year for my brother, a special-needs adult, and…

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Obamacare in “Death Spiral” As Insurers Continue To Drop Out

As the fight to repeal Obamacare drags on, another insurer has called it quits. Last week Humana signaled its intention to completely pull out of the Obamacare exchanges. The news comes after Humana and Aetna called off a merger, costing Aetna nearly $1 billion. Last summer Aetna scrapped 70% of…

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Kashkari Highlights Too Big To Fail Reform

By Norbert Michel, Heritage Foundation Financial Regulations Expert It’s always good when a Federal Reserve Bank president talks about ending bailouts for large financial companies.  At the very least, the publicity highlights the fact that the Dodd-Frank Act did not end the “too-big-to-fail” problem. So, many policymakers were excited last…

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Don’t Look To The Export-Import Bank To Create Jobs

Last week President Trump took a detour on his way to a weekend rally in Florida stopping at a Boeing plant in South Carolina. Trump toured one of the airplane manufacturer’s facilities and doubled down on a key campaign promise reiterating his commitment to “fight for every last American job.”…

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Repeal Obamacare and do it now

By Heritage Action Sentinel Ramona Huffaker My husband and I have a family member who owns a successful small business. The first year, the Obamacare premium was affordable, so they signed up. Every year since then, the price has gone up. Finally all they could do was opt out and pay…

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Heritage Expert Testifies Before Congress on the Failures of Obamacare

The House Budget Committee held a hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 24, to discuss Obamacare’s negative impact on patients, employers, and the economy. Chairman Diane Black, R-Tenn., called on Heritage Foundation expert Edmund Haislmaier as one of four witnesses to testify on “The Failures of Obamacare: Harmful Effects and Broken Promises.”…

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8 Reasons Why Obamacare Should Be Repealed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7_Nwt7U0XI By Alyene Senger, Healthcare Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation As the debate over repealing Obamacare intensifies, it’s important to remember the law’s most glaring failures. Here are eight: 1) Costs Despite repeated promises of premium reductions, Obamacare has delivered major increases. In the employer-sponsored market, costs continue to…

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Conservatives Are Flooding Town Halls, Too. I Know, I’m One of Them.

By Ed Smith, Heritage Action Sentinel Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a town hall event in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., spent about an hour offering her vision for congressional action and fielding questions. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and acting…

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Business Owner Legislative Strategy Call 02/15/17

Yesterday, conservatives working in the business community all came together for a our Monthly Legislative Strategy Call. During the call we discussed the current Congressional efforts to repeal Obamacare through budget reconciliation, repeal Dodd-Frank through the Financial CHOICE Act, and reform the tax code. If you were unable to join…

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This Little-Used Tool Could Help Congress Undo Years of Government Overreach

By Paul J. Larkin Jr., Senior Legal Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation In Washington, there is a saying that regulators never met a rule they didn’t like. Federal agencies, commonly referred to these days as the “fourth branch of government,” have been binding the hands of the American people…

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Momentum Grows on Capitol Hill for a 2015 Obamacare Repeal Repeat

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus (HFC) voted Monday to oppose an Obamacare repeal reconciliation bill that falls short of what Congress passed in 2015 and what then President Obama vetoed in 2016. The 2015 Obamacare repeal bill, H.R. 3762, got rid of the Obamacare subsidies, mandates, taxes, funding…

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Why Delaying Obamacare Repeal Is Hurting the American People

By Sondra Clark, Digital Director of Heritage Action When President Donald Trump took office, repeal of Obamacare seemed like a guarantee—and then the timeline started slipping. All the elements are in place: A Republican-controlled Congress and a Republican president, all elected after promising to repeal Obamacare. But once the celebration…

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