Healthcare premiums may double for some, but others may be hit with spikes anywhere from 73 percent to 413 percent, according to the report from the Energy and Commerce section of the United States House of Representatives.
Worried about implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the real concern that "... the PPACA will in fact cause the premiums of many Americans to spike substantially," the group released a final report with their conclusion:
"... many Americans, from recent college graduates to older adults, will not be able to afford the law’s higher costs."
And they cite the prediction from one of the nation’s leading insurance companies on what to expect:
- premiums will nearly double for individuals getting a new plan
- those keeping their insurance will see an average increase of 73 percent,
- some individuals could see increases of as much as 413 percent
If that is not upsetting enough, Peggy Noonan had a WSJblog about the healthcare issue recently.
She cites a story from Oregonian reporter Yuxing Zheng about a woman who takes care of her disabled (cerebral palsy, spina bifida and a condition called automonic dysreflexia ) 22-year-old daughter.
Says Noonan of that case:
"She requires 24-hour care. The mother provides it, receiving for this $1,400 a month. The mother fears—and is apparently right to fear—a provision of the Affordable Care Act that will, as Zheng reports, 'largely prohibit guardians from serving as the paid caregiver of an adult child with developmental disabilities.' The mother is afraid this will mean foster care for her daughter, or a lengthy and costly process in which she herself will be forced to transfer legal guardianship to someone else. The provision, the paper says, will likely cause hardship for hundreds of Oregon families in which the guardian and the caregiver are the same person."
The hardship from DHS, what they are concerned about, is:
"Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) does not permit formal/legal guardians or representatives to provide paid supports for an individual who receives state plan Medicaid services. This is the same as the rule for seniors and adults with physical disabilities."
An answer is provided under the question "Why is this happening?"
"CMS considers it a conflict of interest and prohibits the activity under 42 CFR 441.555."
And Noonan makes four points about ObamaCare in her blog.
- "First, no mother or child should be put in this position by a government ostensibly trying to improve their lives."
- "Second, everyone in America knows health care is a complicated and complex subject, that a national bill will have 10 million moving parts, and that when a government far away—that would be Washington, D.C.—decides to take greater control of the nation’s health care it will likely get many, maybe a majority, of the moving parts wrong. A bill that is passed and is meant to do A will become Law U—a law of unforeseen, unplanned and unexpected consequences. And that’s giving Washington the benefit of the doubt, and assuming they really meant to honestly produce Law A."
- "Third, because health-care legislation is so complex, it is almost impossible for people to understand it, to get their arms around what may be a given bill’s inadequacies and structural flaws. Stories of those inadequacies and flaws dribble out day by day, in stories like this one. They produce a large negative blur, and a feeling of public anxiety: What will we find out tomorrow? The administration reacts, as the president has, with protestations about how every large, life-enhancing bill has hitches and bumps along the way. But this thing looks now like one large hitch, one big and never ending bump."
- "Fourth, when a thousand things have to be changed about a law to make it workable, some politician is going to stand up and say: 'This was a noble effort in the right direction but let’s do the right thing and simplify everything, with a transparent and understandable plan: single payer.'”