(The Hill) — An annual survey found that premiums for employer-provided family plans increased by 9 percent — to $15,073 — in 2011.1.5 percentage points are directly due to Obamacare.
The Obama administration quickly responded Tuesday to bad news about rising insurance premiums with a strong defense of the healthcare law and its benefits for consumers.
An annual survey of premiums found that the premiums for employer-provided family plans increased by 9 percent — to $15,073 — in 2011, leaving Democrats vulnerable to charges that the law isn’t working. The administration proactively responded with a post on the White House blog that went up as soon as the embargo on the annual Kaiser Family Foundation survey was lifted.
The Kaiser survey's researchers estimated that only around 1.5 percentage points of the 9% increase was tied to provisions of the federal health-care overhaul, which mandated changes to plans, including the addition of children up to the age of 26 to their parents' plans and an end to out-of-pocket costs for certain preventive-care benefits.President Obama claimed employer health care premiums would fall by
Mr. Obama asked his audience for a show of hands from people with employer-provided coverage, what most Americans have.President Obama lied.
"Your employer, it's estimated, would see premiums fall by as much as 3,000 percent," said the president, "which means they could give you a raise."
A White House press spokesman later said the president misspoke; he had meant to say annual premiums would drop by $3,000.