Individual Market Health Premiums Rose Average of 49% in 2014 Thanks to Obamacare

Obama_Doctor
(michaelgraham.com)

Obamacare is working precisely as planned – and it’s obvious the medicine is going to be painful to swallow.

Via Forbes:

There are hundreds of aspects of Obamacare that people argue over. But there’s one question that matters above all others: does the Affordable Care Act live up to its name? Does it make health insurance less expensive? Last November, our team at the Manhattan Institute published a study indicating that Obamacare had increased the underlying cost of individually-purchased health insurance in the average state by 41 percent in 2014, relative to 2013. We’ve now redone the study on a county-by-county basis, complete with a brand-new interactive map. Depending on where you live, the results may surprise you.

Our new county-by-county analysis was led by Yegeniy Feyman, who compiled the county-based data for 27-year-olds, 40-year-olds, and 64-year-olds, segregated by gender. We were able to obtain data for 3,137 of the United States’ 3,144 counties.

Among men, the county with the greatest increase in insurance prices from 2013 to 2014 was Buchanan County, Missouri, about 45 miles north of Kansas City: 271 percent. Among women, the “winner” was Goodhue County, Minnesota, about an hour southwest of Minneapolis: 200 percent. Overall, the counties of Nevada, North Carolina, Minnesota, and Arkansas haven experienced the largest rate hikes under the law.

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Study: Obamacare Hammering Businesses

Dr Obama
(theridgewoodblog.net)

Obamacare is turning out to be the snake oil most people predicted it would be.

From Watchdog.org:

If the hope is for real, sustained recovery, the still-healing U.S. economy can’t afford the Affordable Care Act, according to a new analysis.

The costs imposed by the ACA, perhaps better known as Obamacare, on small business will hurt hiring, employee compensation and business growth, according to the report by National Center for Policy Analysis Senior Fellow Devon Herrick.

NCPA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization based in Dallas.

“The Affordable Care Act contains sweeping changes to the employer-sponsored health insurance market,” Herrick said. “Though it was promoted as a way to lessen the problems small businesses experience in providing health coverage, many business owners report that the law is increasing their burdens.”

Herrick’s analysis finds employers are passing increased health care costs on to workers, raising co-payments, boosting the costs of dependent coverage, delaying hiring and reducing work hours.

That’s a big hit to business at large. Nearly two-thirds of Americans with health coverage have employer-sponsored health insurance, which means much of the burden of complying with the ACA falls on the shoulders of business.

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The Left is using latest round of climate hysteria to distract from Obama’s ruinous policies

Michael Fish weather forecast
(BBC/PA – theguardian.com)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Perhaps you’ve noticed that Democrats and their co-workers in the media are acting especially hysterical lately about “man-made climate change.”

In just the past few days, there’ve been news stories warning that climate change could destroy America’s national landmarks, imperil our national security, lead to more wildfires, and even disrupt corn and rice production. (“Cereal lovers of the world may want to start stocking up now,” warns Time.com.)

On Wednesday, a group of leading Democrats gathered outside a Senate office building to highlight the need for immediate legislative action. California Sen. Barbara Boxer even called for an end to climate change “denial,” a deliberate word choice to subtly link climate-change skeptics to Holocaust deniers.

The environmentalists and their media groupies have obviously decided to crank up the volume of their alarmism to “11,” but why now?

That’s easy.

Leftists want to talk about the weather because the rest of their agenda has proven to be a total flop with the American people. Just consider the list of issues Democrats don’t want to talk about with the November elections looming.
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Sen. Rockefeller: People don’t like Obamacare because president ‘IS THE WRONG COLOR’

Obama_Sen Rock
(fellowshipofminds)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Apparently the only defense progressives have now for Obamacare is that its detractors must obviously be racists.

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller said yesterday:

“I think it is very important to take a long view at what’s going on here. I’ll be able to dig up some emails that make part of the Affordable Care Act that doesn’t look good — especially from people who made up their mind that they don’t want it to work because they don’t like the president. Maybe he’s of the wrong color, something of that sort. I’ve seen a lot of that and I know a lot of that to be true. It’s not something you’re meant to talk about in public but it’s something I’m talking about in public because that is very true.”

The billion-dollar dysfunctional website and people losing their insurance have nothing to do with public disgust over Obamacare, right Senator? It’s just those damned racist American citizens.

Give us a break.