What’s the effect of that on costs under Obamacare? The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association rudely conducted a study of the matter, and they found
- New enrollees in individual health plans in 2014 and 2015 had higher rates of hypertension, diabetes, depression, coronary artery disease, HIV and Hepatitis C than those enrolled before ObamaCare.
- New enrollees received significantly more medical care, on average, than those with individual or employer-based plans.
- New enrollees had more inpatient admissions, outpatient visits, prescriptions filled and emergency room visits.
- Medical costs for new members were, on average, 19% higher than for employer-based members in 2014, and 22% higher last year. Average monthly medical spending for those newly enrolled members also rose at a higher rate in that period.
A recent Daily Caller examination of annual reports from insurers also found storm clouds on the horizon of the exchanges. It found that 8 of the 11 remaining exchanges may fail this year, despite assurances from the Obama administration.
All of which will lead to rising costs. That increased use of medical care and health coverage plans, paid for with OPM, will drive health plan providers’ costs and so their premiums charged the customer (read: the government/your tax money). The greatly reduced ObamaMarts will drive costs to the health plan provider customer, since subsidies—OPM—will be lost to them, also.
A report from Freedom Partners earlier this year showed premiums on the individual market are rising by double digits in most states.
Didn’t President Barack Obama (D) promise the contrary? Both the current Democratic Party Presidential candidates are promising to extend this even further, too.
Elections have consequences.