Premiums Have Increased
Berkley, Reid & Pelosi Claimed ObamaCare Would Lower Premiums
When liberal U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Berkley voted for President Barack Obama’s job-killing healthcare law – which was written by Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid – 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)
“Shelley Berkley’s decision to make Barack Obama’s healthcare bill the law of land has increased the average healthcare premium by $1,300,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “With so many Nevadans already suffering from the failed economic and energy policies of Harry Reid and Shelley Berkley, this is just another costly burden that Berkley has placed on the Silver State.”
Shelley Berkley Promised That Government-Run Healthcare Would Lower Premiums
SHELLEY BERKLEY: On Sunday, March 21, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Health Care for America Act. The passage of health insurance reform legislation represents a historic victory for the American people. … It makes health insurance affordable for middle class families reducing premiums and out-of-pocket costs. (Shelley Berkley, Health Reform Information And Resources, Accessed 03/19/12)
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)
“Aetna, One Of The Nation’s Largest Health Insurers, Said The Extra Benefits Forced It To Seek Rate Increases For New Individual Plans Of 5.4% To 7.4% In California And 5.5% To 6.8% In Nevada After Sept. 23. Similar steps are planned across the country, according to Aetna.” (“Health Insurers Plan Hikes,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/8/10)