Obamacare Will Increase Health Insurance Premiums by 55 to 85 Percent in Ohio, Study Says

by Hans Bader on September 23, 2011

in Healthcare, Legal, Regulation

The Charleston Daily Mail’s Don Surber points to a recent study “that shows that 790,000 Ohioans will lose their private health insurance and premiums will rise 55%-85% when Obamacare takes full effect in 2014.” The study was commissioned by the Ohio Department of Insurance.

Obamacare also harms medical advances, patients, and employers. And it contains racial discrimination and racial preferences that were criticized by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

It’s not living up to its backers’ promises. As Dr. Milton R. Wolf, a cousin of President Obama, noted,

“President Obama, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democrats all, in their rush to take over America’s health care system, made all sorts of outlandish, unkeepable promises. Among the most egregious: Obamacare would allow you to keep your current health insurance and your doctor. Mr. Obama’s own Medicare chief actuary now acknowledges that Obamacare may cause up to 20 million Americans to lose their current health insurance policies, and doctors are increasingly leaving Medicare, Medicaid and the practice of medicine altogether. Good luck keeping them. Another unkeepable promise: Obamacare ‘will create 4 million jobs, 400,000 jobs almost immediately.’ The Congressional Budget Office’s budget director estimates the law actually will destroy 800,000 jobs.”

CEI filed an amicus brief on behalf of Minnesota and North Carolina legislators explaining why Obamacare unconstitutionally exceeds Congress’s powers under the Commerce and Spending Clauses and violates principles of federalism. The brief was filed in Florida v. HHS, which declared Obamacare’s individual mandate unconstitutional for being beyond Congress’s commerce-clause powers.

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