Remember the ‘We’ll Lower Premiums by up to $2,500′ Promise? Take A Look at What’s Actually Happened

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BY MICHAEL HAUSAM (

Much has been made of the President’s promises that, under the Affordable Health Care Act, “nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have” – that neither a change in one’s coverage nor doctor would be required. He also promised that the plan would “bring down premiums by $2,500 for the typical family.”

Well, take a look at this graph about how that promise has been kept in 2014:
2014 Obamacare Premium RiseSo, unless you’re in all but a small handful of states, you’ve seen premiums increase from 10% to as much as 85%. One thing to note is that for New Jersey, which the graph shows as declining by 37.5 percent, the data is incomplete and the decrease is an estimate.

Just ahead are two more significant events: Firstly, the 2015 premiums, which are expected to be even higher than 2014’s, will be released just after the November midterm elections. Secondly, the employer mandate kicks in at the first of the year and the ripple effect of that on existing plans, similar to the effect from last year’s individual mandate, is also yet to be known.

When it comes to Obamacare, the assurances made on the front end of the plan, when it was sold to American people and sent through Congress, have turned out to have been off by a wide margin.

Whether these effects will moderate over time still remains to be seen.

Six Years Later, Not Even 1 Out of 10 Believe in President Obama’s Famous ‘Hope & Change’ Line…

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BY KEVIN BOYD

The Washington Post has a report on a new poll conducted by the AP that measured how enthusiastic voters are about the Obama presidency. What the AP found was that voters aren’t very enthusiastic about the Obama presidency anymore. Clearly, the magic has faded.

Here’s what they found:

The AP-GfK poll asked the approve/disapprove question, finding 17 percent of likely voters said they strongly approve of Obama and 44 percent strongly disapprove. But then it asked a separate — and we would argue, more enlightening — question about the Obama administration. It asked how people felt about it, and gave them four options: “enthusiastic,” “satisfied but not enthusiastic,” “dissatisfied but not angry,” and “angry.”

That would seem to be a pretty good analogue for the approve/disapprove question, but the answers are quite a bit different. While 17 percent of likely voters “strongly approve” of Obama, just 9 percent say they are “enthusiastic” about his administration.

On the other side, 34 percent say they are “angry” about Obama’s presidency. Again, that’s less than the 44 percent who “strongly disapprove” of Obama.
This has manifested itself in different ways. One of those ways is when Democrats walked out of an Obama speech this past weekend in Maryland. Another way is that some key Democrat constituencies are threatening to abandon Democrats.

Voters expect results and so far, Democrats haven’t delivered in six years of governing. A Gallup poll gives Republicans the lead on all major issues heading into the midterm elections in less than two weeks.

All good things, even vague appeals to “hope and change,” must come to an end.

Here’s How Obamacare ‘So Far Is an Expansion of Medicaid’

71% of Obamacare Signups Traced to Government’s Expansion of Medicaid

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The vast majority of Americans gaining health coverage under Obamacare actually qualified for Medicaid because of loosened eligibility —and that’s what boosted enrollment among those previously uninsured, according to a new report from The Heritage Foundation.

The Obama administration has boasted that the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, would allow those previously uninsured to purchase quality, affordable health care.

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“The inescapable conclusion is that, when it comes to covering the uninsured, Obamacare so far is an expansion of Medicaid,” Heritage Foundation health policy experts Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski write in a research paper scheduled for release today.

Officials announced in May that more than 8 million Americans had picked a health plan on the Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov.

Haislmaier and Gonshorowski conclude that 8.5 million Americans gained coverage through Obamacare from January to July.

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However, their paper says, more than 70 percent of those signups can be traced to the expansion of Medicaid eligibility in 24 states:

Of the 8.5 million total individuals who gained health insurance coverage, 71 percent of that net coverage gain was attributable to Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid to able-bodied, working-age adults.

In the states that adopted and implemented Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, enrollment skyrocketed as an additional 5.7 million Americans signed up for coverage.

In 21 states opting out of Medicaid expansion, however, enrollment was strikingly lower. The Heritage report finds that 355,674 Americans signed up for Medicaid in those states.

In all, Medicaid enrollment increased by 6 million individuals for the first half of 2014.

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The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, loosened eligibility requirements for Medicaid, traditionally the government’s health program for the poor. The changes made it easier for individuals with an income of up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line (roughly $16,000) to qualify for the taxpayer-funded health coverage.

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As the Heritage experts note, many Medicaid-eligible Americans under the new requirements also don’t have dependent children.

States got an incentive–federal dollars–to adopt the requirements.

Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia opted to expand Medicaid. By July, however, 24 states had implemented the program.

The Affordable Care Act went into effect in October. Its implementation included the rollout of HealthCare.gov, the online marketplace where consumers can peruse and purchase insurance plans.

HealthCare.gov’s advent was accompanied by well-publicized malfunctions, glitches and failures. White House officials scrambled to fix the website as consumers experienced long delays. As a result, the Obama administration extended the close of open enrollment from March 30 until April 15.

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Despite the rocky rollout of HealthCare.gov, President Obama and then-Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius touted that enrollment in Obamacare insurance plans topped the original goal of 7 million.

According to reports from the Department of Health and Human Services, enrollment likely hovered around 7.3 million, as original estimates took into account those who selected a plan, but did not pay their first month’s premiums.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who in June replaced Sebelius as HHS secretary, said in a speech last month at the Brookings Institute:

Four years after President Obama signed the law, middle class families have more security, and many who already had insurance have better coverage. Fewer Americans are uninsured, and at the same time, we’re spending our health care dollars more wisely, and we’re starting to receive higher quality care.