Friday, July 26, 2013

How Much Did That Rebate Cost You?

President Obama has made another exaggerated speech regarding the insurance rebates that are being issued under PPACA. While "insurance premium savings" sounds admirable, there are a few facts we must point out to show the relative ignorance of Obamacare backers.

MLR was designed to leverage insurance company profits and administrative expenses. Reality is all we have seen from MLR is an increase in profits and expenses. Here are the facts:

  • From the US Census Bureau: for 2011 to 2012 the number of people purchasing private insurance has remained flat at roughly 197,300,000.
  • According to ehealthinsurance and The Kaiser Family Foundation average premiums in 2011 were around $3600 per person (from group and individual policies by family and single I came up with this very conservative number)
  • According to Aon average increases in premiums from 2011 to 2012 were 7% (conservative again)
Now for the numbers:

2011 total premiums: $710 Billion
2011 rebates issued: $1.3 Billion

2012 total premiums: $760 Billion
2012 rebates issued: $500 Million

So, thanks to MLR, insurance companies took in an additional $50 Billion in 2012 and paid out $800 Million less in rebates.

Only in Washington is this "savings".
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