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November 23, 2014

Conservative Economist’s Analysis Casts Doubt on Obamacare ‘Sticker Shock’

Jason Millman: “A new analysis from a conservative health-care economist suggests that Obamacare sticker shock wasn’t nearly as steep as other studies previously suggested. Consumers who bought their own coverage between 2010 and 2012 saw the average cost of their plan increase between 14 percent and 28 percent when they switched to new coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to Mark Pauly, a professor of health-care management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. That’s smaller than the effect measured by other studies, including one from the Manhattan Institute this morning finding that individual premiums increased 49 percent between 2013 and 2014.”

  • jack griffith

    This is simple. The headline is totally misleading. A 14 to 28% increase is extreme. Then the Manhattan Inst. follows with 2013-2014 increase of 49%. Please, give the public a break and don’t attempt to sell your political viewpoint through a headline.

  • http://www.MBAissues.com @mbaissues.com

    First and foremost a 28% increase is still a very large increase and a promise broken. When wages have barely met inflation, 28% more for anything hits the middle class hard. Combine this with a 12.1% (released today) U6 underemployment number and you have a taxpayer on the hook for more subsidies for more people that cost 28% more.

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