AFP Responds to ObamaCare’s Impact on Individual-Market Premiums

Jun 19, 2014 by AFP

Report: Because of ObamaCare, premiums rose an average of 49 percent this year

Arlington, Va. – Today Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s foremost grassroots advocate for health care freedom, responded to a new Manhattan Institute report stating that the Affordable Care Act raised individual-market premiums an average of 49 percent this year.

The report analyzed 3,137 of the country’s 3,144 counties.

Here are some of the report’s key findings, as reported in Forbes:

  • Counties in Nevada, North Carolina, Minnesota, and Arkansas have experienced the largest rate hikes due to ObamaCare.
  • Women face rate hikes in 82 percent of US counties, and men face rate hikes in 91 percent of counties.
  • Buchanan County, Mo. experienced the largest rate increase: 271 percent for men.

AFP President Tim Phillips said the following: “President Obama sold his Affordable Care Act to the American people on the premise that it would lower premiums by thousands of dollars each year for the typical family. Now that we’re four years into ObamaCare’s implementation, it’s clear that this isn’t the case.

“The evidence continues to mount that ObamaCare isn’t the solution to quality, affordable health care that the President promised. Instead, it has been a crushing burden for millions of Americans and their families, leading to cancelled plans, lost access to trusted doctors, and unmanageable, skyrocketing premium hikes. It’s disappointing that President Obama and his allies in Congress have no concerns about playing politics with the health and well-being of the American people.”

The Manhattan Institute analysis comes in the wake of a University of Minnesota reportreleased earlier this month stating that substantial premium increases will put the Affordable Care Act on an untenable track. Click here to read more about the University of Minnesota report.