ObamaCare is front & center on the legislative agenda again, so …
Last week, we reported that — according to Gallup — ObamaCare is under water by 7 points (51% to 44%) … and that 29% think their families have been hurt by ObamaCare versus 18% who think that their families have been helped).
In other words, the disapproval is grounded in the program’s fundamentals.
Cutting to the chase, an article in the WSJ quoted David Cutler, a Harvard health-care economist:
Obamacare may be “a story of three Americas.”
One group, the rich, can afford health care easily.
The poor can access public assistance.
But for lower middle- to middle-income Americans, “the income struggles and the health-care struggles together are a really potent issue.”
No kidding, Dr. Cutler …
HomaFiles was all over this one back in June:
We concluded that in 2016, employees will pay $11,000 out-of-pocket … up $2,500 since 2012.
“Employees” … you know the working class … the middle class.
Here’s the essence of our original post …. worth re-reading …. glad others are catching up to it.
Milliman – a well-regarded actuarial consulting” firm – has published an annual recap of healthcare spending since 2001.
The Milliman Medical Index tracks the total costs of providing health care to an average family of four covered by an employer-sponsored “preferred provider plan” … that’s about 155 million employees and their dependents.
The total includes the health insurance premiums paid by both the employer and the employee, as well as the actual expenditures for health care paid by the insurance plan and out of pocket by the insured family.
The big news: In 2016, the average healthcare costs for a family of 4 surpassed $25,000 for the first time … the $25,826 is triple the cost to provide health care for the same family in 2001 … and up about $5,000 since 2012.
The bad(est) news is the increased proportion of the healthcare costs being shouldered by individual employees …
Milliman reports that employers now pay 57% of the total health costs …down from 61% in 2001.
The average family of 4 now pays over $11,000 out-of-pocket each year … $6,717 in insurance premiums and $4,316 in deductibles, co-pays and uncovered expenses.
The “combined employee cost” – payroll deductions plus cash outlays – is up more than $2,500 since 2012.
Told you so
None of this is new news for loyal readers …
About a year ago, we posted the original: Remember how your healthcare costs were going to go down by $2,500 per family?
The punch line then:
Putting just two pieces together — the increased employee-paid part of premiums and the increased deductibles — means that an average family covered by an employer plan is now paying about $2,500 MORE out-of-pocket for healthcare than they did pre-ObamaCare … a $5,000 difference versus the promise of a $2,500 cut.