Obamacare hitting Wisconsin residents with double whammy
Watchdog.org - 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
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 HealthCare.gov 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
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
Some are predicting that Obamacare will add to that scarcity.
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