Thursday, May 30, 2013
Rate Shock in Insurance Premiums by 64-146%
A news report warns of a Rate Shock on Insurance Premiums by 64-146% in California. The serious flaw of Obamacare is it has too much regulations and mandates that shoot up the cost of insurance for people who buy it on their own.
The impact of this problem will be felt when the law’s main provisions kick in on January 1, 2014, leading many to worry about health insurance “rate shock.”
However, Peter Lee, executive director of the California exchange claims that there won’t be rate shock in California. But critics and experts are doubful about his claims.
"If you’re a 25 year old male non-smoker, buying insurance for yourself, the cheapest plan on Obamacare’s exchanges is the catastrophic plan, which costs an average of $184 a month. (That’s the median monthly premium across California’s 19 insurance rating regions.)
The next cheapest plan, the “bronze” comprehensive plan, costs $205 a month. But in 2013, on eHealthInsurance.com (NASDAQ:EHTH), the average cost of the five cheapest plans was only $92. In other words, for the average 25-year-old male non-smoking Californian, Obamacare will drive premiums up by between 100 and 123 percent.
Under Obamacare, only people under the age of 30 can participate in the slightly cheaper catastrophic plan. So if you’re 40, your cheapest option is the bronze plan. In California, the median price of a bronze plan for a 40-year-old male non-smoker will be $261. But on eHealthInsurance, the average cost of the five cheapest plans was $121. That is, Obamacare will increase individual-market premiums by an average of 116 percent.
For both 25-year-olds and 40-year-olds, then, Californians under Obamacare who buy insurance for themselves will see their insurance premiums double."
check full story here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/05/30/rate-shock-in-california-obamacare-to-increase-individual-insurance-premiums-by-64-146/