AETNA CEO Warns Health Insurance Premiums Will Double Under ObamaCare

You can make out a list for Santa and Santa can order his elves to make it for you, but then the elves who actually have to make the stuff then have to explain that it will actually cost a whole lot of money because there’s really no such thing as Santa Claus, just a community organizer wearing a fake beard who likes the color because it reminds him of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

In entirely unrelated news, health care will be much more expensive than ever.

Last week, Aetna, the third-largest private health insurer in the U.S., held its annual investor conference in New York, in which company executives laid out their detailed assessment of the post-election environment for health insurance. Aetna’s comments, and those of its peers in similar settings, illustrate how Obamacare will dramatically drive up the cost of health insurance in the United States.

“In some markets,” said Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, increases in premiums could “go as high as 100 percent. And we’ve done all that math. We’ve shared it with all the regulators. We’ve shared it with all the people in Washington that need to see it. And I think it’s a big concern.”
“Premium rate shock for 2014,” responded Bertolini, “absent subsidies and everything else, is going to be in the neighborhood of 20 percent to 50 percent. And we’re going to see some markets [and] in sub-segments in some markets go as high as 100 percent.”

“Just one piece alone, more than half of the U.S. public [in the individual insurance market] is in a plan at 50 percent or lower actuarial benefit. If you go up to 60 percent, as required by law, you’ve got a huge bump already,” Bertolini noted. “And this is the reason why you’re seeing such pressure between the states and the federal government on exchanges. Whose exchange do you want to show that price increase on?”

Aetna said that it plans to participate in exchanges in “up to” 15 states in 2014, representing 65 to 70 percent of the exchange-eligible population, but that the company would “approach exchanges with caution” until it is “confident they represent a rational and stable marketplace…After a transition period, if Aetna cannot earn its cost of capital on exchanges, we will exit market areas.

Bertolini also elaborated on the type of insurance that Aetna would provide on Obamacare’s exchanges. “It’s about having the right products at the right cost structure, [with] narrow networks, low-cost networks,” he said. That is to say, Aetna’s exchange products will aggressively steer patients to low-cost doctors and hospitals so as to keep premiums low.

If exchange rates do end up in between Medicare and Medicaid, Americans who enroll in the exchanges will have the worst of both worlds: a costly insurance product that doesn’t grant them access to a wide range of doctors and hospitals, making it difficult to get access to needed care.

It’s the perfect government solution. Worthless health care that you can’t afford and can’t opt out of paying for. Socialism wins again.

  • Thomas Wells

    It's not healthy and it's not care.

  • carrie

    Yeah my retired father carried his own insurance instead of using Medicare .
    His premiums have already gone up twice for a total of 18% increase .
    He's eventually going to be forced off his insurance and onto Medicare .

    • sflbib

      He better be ready to pay a big penalty, according to a notice in my latest Medicare bill.

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  • WilliamJamesWard

    I can not really afford any increases in insurance costs, I pay enough for not much service
    or benefit. Putting the funds into alternative medicine and health suppliments seems the
    better way to go. It is the government that is making us all sick to death. The effort to stay
    healthy is worth it financially but what a drag paying for the who cares attitude of others
    that do not take care of thier health and overload a broken system. It is all just another
    avenue for the Obama team to destroy free America. I think I will just say no to governemnt
    extortion, will they cook and eat me, I hope not………………………….William

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    I haven't had health insurance since 1985. I will not join in Obamacare. I have personally paid for the birth of my (25 year old) son, and all my family's health care. I spent a little under $10,000 on his health care, and that includes his orthodontia.

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