Saturday, November 9, 2013


Obamacare hitting Wisconsin residents with double whammy  - Adam Tobias - 11/7/2013

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsinites are being forced to play a game of “Press Your Luck” with Obamacare, and so far they’ve been hit with a double whammy.

Not only will the average Wisconsin resident who purchases health insurance on the individual market see a nearly 70 percent increase in their premiums, they also can expect the state’s doctor shortage to get even worse.

And those residing in rural areas and small towns will have even higher premiums than their neighbors living in and around cities. That’s because too few insurance companies are participating in places with sparse populations, a cost analysis by the New York Times says.

“Individuals and families that can actually purchase health insurance on the glitch-filled website are going to be in for a rude awakening when they find out their premiums will skyrocket,” said Brett Healy, president of Wisconsin’s MacIver Institute. “Rates are expected to double in parts of Wisconsin, which serves as further proof that the Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable.”

Wisconsin will experience the nation’s 10th highest premium rate hike under Obamacare, according to a report released this week by Forbes and the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

the underlying regulations in the Affordable Care Act as one of the main factors in the escalating insurance costs.

Guaranteed issue, for example, requires policies to be offered to any eligible candidate without regard to health status, Feyman said.

The state has a shortage of more than 105 primary medical care physicians and close to 200 mental health doctors, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Services.
Some are predicting that Obamacare will add to that scarcity.

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