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Letter: Obamacare not reducing health insurance costs

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 11:18 p.m. CST

To the Editor:

Readers living in DeKalb County who have private insurance – either through their employer or purchased on their own – saw some of the largest health-insurance premium increases in Illinois between 2013 and this year as a result of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

Instead of reducing premiums by an average of $2,500 per family as promised, Obamacare has increased what many DeKalb County families now have to pay for coverage when they buy it on their own.

According to recent data from The Manhattan Institute, 27-year-old males are now paying an average of 93 percent more than last year and females are paying 93 percent more.

For 40-year-olds, average premiums increased for men by 43 percent and 17 percent for women. Among 64-year-olds, premiums increased by 30 percent for men and 57 percent for women.

Unfortunately, individuals and families in DeKalb County are not seeing the health-insurance premium savings that President Barack Obama promised.

Perhaps that is why it should come as no surprise that the majority of the public now opposes the law.

In addition to not being able to keep their doctor or health plan, many in DeKalb County are now paying more for coverage.

It is time to go back to the drawing board on Obamacare and craft solutions that deliver on health care access and affordability.

Naomi Lopez Bauman 

Director of Health Policy, Illinois Policy Institute

Springfield

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