Premiums Have Increased
Debbie Stabenow Claimed ObamaCare Would Lower Premiums
When liberal U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow voted for President Barack Obama’s job-killing healthcare law, she specifically promised the legislation would lower premiums, but nearly two years later families are now paying more money for their health insurance.
Additionally, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that in 2011 the average healthcare premium climbed from $13,770 to $15,073, which amounts to a 9 percent increase.
As the New York Times reports:
“The cost of health insurance for many Americans this year climbed more sharply than in previous years, outstripping any growth in workers’ wages and adding more uncertainty about the pace of rising medical costs. A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit research group that tracks employer-sponsored health insurance on a yearly basis, shows that the average annual premium for family coverage through an employer reached $15,073 in 2011, an increase of 9 percent over the previous year.” (Reed Abelson, “U.S. Health Insurance Cost Rises Sharply, Study Finds,” The New York Times , 9/27/11)
“Debbie Stabenow’s decision to make Barack Obama’s healthcare bill the law of the land has increased the average healthcare premium by $1,300,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Lance Trover. “With so many Michiganders already suffering from the failed economic and energy policies of Debbie Stabenow, this is just another costly burden that Stabenow has placed on the Great Lakes State.”
Debbie Stabenow Promised That ObamaCare Would Lower Premiums
Stabenow Said Health Care Reform “Is About Bringing Premiums Down For Small Businesses.” Stabenow: “We’ve also stressed over and over again that the majority of the people that don’t have insurance are working. They’re working in a small business, they’re working a part-time job, two part-time jobs, three part-time jobs. The reality is, they are working. And so this legislation overall in terms of coverage and creating more affordable insurance is very much focused on small business, self-employed, and on those who are individuals looking for insurance. This is about bringing premiums down for small businesses, it’s about making sure they have the tax cuts that will help them be able to purchase insurance for themselves and their employees.” (Senator Debbie Stabenow, News Conference, Washington, D.C., 12/9/09)
But Since ObamaCare Has Passed Healthcare Premiums Have Skyrocketed
2011: “The health-insurance premiums employers pay rose sharply this year, with the average annual cost of family coverage passing the $15,000 mark for the first time, according to a major survey.” (“Employer Health Premiums Rise Sharply,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/27/11)
- “The average annual family premium for 2011 was $15,073, up from $13,770 last year.” (“Employer Health Premiums Rise Sharply,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/27/11)
- “Still, with rising costs, workers paid more, up an average of $132 a year for family coverage. Since 1999, the dollar amount workers contribute toward premiums nationally has grown 168 percent, while their wages have grown by 50 percent, according to the survey.” (“Cost Of Employer Insurance Plans Surge In 2011,” Kaiser Health News , 9/27/11)
- “The cost of health insurance for many Americans this year climbed more sharply than in previous years, outstripping any growth in workers’ wages and adding more uncertainty about the pace of rising medical costs.” (“U.S. Health Insurance Cost Rises Sharply, Study Finds,” The New York Times , 9/27/11)
“The 9% average increase in family premiums for 2011, reported in an annual poll of employers performed by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust, comes despite a continued trend toward more limited use of medical services in the U.S. Last year, family premiums rose just 3%, the survey found.” (“Employer Health Premiums Rise Sharply,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/27/11)