It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, No, Wait–Those Are Your Obamacare PREMIUMS!

Comment: In their desperation to salvage Obamacare, its supporters have taken to claiming that premiums have actually DROPPED under the ACA. The claim is laughable given the scores of double-digit rate increases occurring across the country. Moreover, policy analysts have ripped the claim apart. Here is the first article to do so:

“Two scholars at the renowned Brookings Institution, Loren Adler and Paul Ginsburg, have published an analysis finding that “average premiums in the individual market actually dropped significantly upon implementation of the ACA [Affordable Care Act].” This contrasts with a plethora of evidence, including a rigorous 2014 Brookings study, showing that the ACA significantly increased premiums. In this post, I discuss methodological concerns with the Adler and Ginsburg approach as well as evidence that leads most scholars to reach a very different conclusion.”

[...] First, unlike Adler and Ginsburg’s approach, Brookings 2014 study used actual data and found that “enrollment-weighted premiums in the individual health insurance market increased by 24.4 percent beyond what they would have had they simply followed…trends.”

Overwhelming Evidence That Obamacare Caused Premiums To Increase Substantially
Brian Blase, Contributor, Jul 28, 2016

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