Premiums for 2/3 of Small Business Employees to Increase Under ObamaCare

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Who exactly is saving money under ObamaCare? It doesn’t seem to be people who work for a living. Obama promised that ObamaCare would lower premiums by $2,500. It seems as if he confused “lower” with “raise”.

Obamacare is once again under fire after federal estimates that health insurance premiums will increase for 11 million people who work for small businesses, according to a report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Missouri Republican Rep. Sam Graves, chairman of the House Small Business Committee, hit back against the Obama administration delaying the damning report — which was supposed to be completed within 90 days of the enactment of the sequester.

Obamacare’s changes to the Public Health Service Act will result in premium hikes for 11 million Americans, but will trigger reductions for only 6 million individuals

Again the majority is being screwed for the sake of the minority.

“We are estimating that 65 percent of the small firms are expected to experience increases in their premium rates while the remaining 35 percent are anticipated to have rate reductions,” CMS’ Office of the Actuary wrote in a new report. Conversely, “the effect on large employers is expected to be negligible,” because most large companies run their health insurance programs in house.

Which is the real crony capitalist endgame and why so many big corporations endorsed ObamaCare and Obama’s War on Small Business.

As recently as last summer, Pelosi was proclaiming that “if you’re a small business … it lowers costs,” while Waxman said the law would make “high-quality healthy insurance more affordable and more widely available for small businesses.”

Notice that nowhere — either before or after ObamaCare passed — did any Democrat say anything about two-thirds of small businesses paying more for health coverage so the lucky one-third could get rate cuts.

The Washington Post’s J. D. Harrison reports that CMS officials expect these businesses to pass these costs onto their employees, which means that they will end up earning less in wages. Alternately, these businesses can simply dump their employees out of their health insurance, especially if they fall under the 50-employee floor of the mandate and don’t have to pay a penalty. That means millions of people may find themselves in the already-horrid individual market, many without subsidies, which will eat even further into their incomes.

“The report concluded that about 65% of small businesses, or plans covering 11 million people, would see an increase in insurance premiums under these so-called community-rating provisions of the health law.”

Naturally the media is ignoring this story because it’s much busier covering the story of the time that Scott Walker campaigned prematurely in a college election. And then it’ll wait around to hear if Chris Christie shut down another bridge. But a White House lie that affects the health care of millions of Americans isn’t worth covering.

 No one at the Big Three networks have reported on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) report, issued on Friday, that anticipates 65 percent of small businesses will see their health insurance premiums rise

CNN predictably placed it in a partisan “He said, She said” and “Evil Republicans pounce on fact” frame.

Republicans are seizing on a new report in which the Obama administration itself concludes that the President’s signature health care law would raise premiums for roughly two-thirds of small companies.

But Democrats point out that Republicans designed and ordered the report, which they say ignores billions of dollars in subsidies that will decrease those premiums.

“This report is the latest instance of House Republicans attempting to peddle half-truths and incomplete data,” Drew Hammill, spokesman for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, wrote in a statement.

Right. They should have just passed the law to see what’s inside it like Pelosi urged.

  • time2wakeup

    ALL Democrats voted FOR Obamacare.
    ALL Republicans voted AGAINST Obamacare.
    Any questions?

  • CaoMoo

    This thing needs to be put to sleep like the lame rabid dog it is. It will destroy health care and as a result destroy lives and no one but the ass hats that voted for it wanted it. Most of America was opposed to Obamacare but brushed off by the politicians even though the people and not their benevolent overlords are the ones that will suffer from it.

  • Boots

    I’ve had liberals call me a liar on other sites because I’ve pointed out the price of our insurance started increasing 2011 for worse coverage… and it’s only gotten worse. I talk to other businessmen and I hear the same anecdotal stories. I have no sympathy for the ones who voted for Obama or didn’t vote at all. The rest of us don’t deserve the ACA.