The Wall Street Journal reports on the gulf between the Obama administration’s rosy portrayal of Obamacare and what health insurers predict will actually happen:

Health insurers are privately warning brokers that premiums for many individuals and small businesses could increase sharply next year because of the health-care overhaul law, with the nation’s biggest firm projecting that rates could more than double for some consumers buying their own plans.

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The projected increases are at odds with what the Obama Administration says consumers should be expecting overall in terms of cost. The Department of Health and Human Services says that the law will “make health-care coverage more affordable and accessible,” pointing to a 2009 analysis by the Congressional Budget Office that says average individual premiums, on an apples-to-apples basis, would be lower.

https://twitter.com/KBGunner1/status/315039965635547138

Wait … insurers say rate could “more than double” for some consumers? Who could have possibly seen that coming?

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  • therantinggeek

    Twitchy via WSJ: “Health insurers are privately warning brokers that premiums for many individuals and small businesses could increase sharply next year because of the health-care overhaul law, with the nation’s biggest firm projecting that rates could more than double for some consumers buying their own plans.”

    *innocent whistle*

  • RblDiver

    Unexpectedly! -White House

  • http://twitter.com/conservag Aaron

    It’s still “affordable” – just for those that aren’t going to actually be paying for their health care.

    Everyone else is F’d.

    • ojfl

      Only until they run out of other people’s money Aaron.

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    The Unaffordable Care Act & Low Information Voters #priceless

    • arttie

      I can’t wait to watch all the politicians whistling as they stumble past this Obamacare graveyard.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Nothing is quite as expensive as something that is “free.”

      • thetreyman

        any conservative parent that has a kid who’s age is between 18 and 26 that voted for obama should not let them stay on their medical insurance plan. make them pay for their vote. after all, it is what they wanted.

        • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

          And pay rent.

        • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

          And pay rent.

        • rqtguru

          That’s sick! There are more than one way of delivering healthcare! Keep it up with that kind of thinking and we will join the 38 countries in front of the US and have a single payer system which everyone regardless of income or business status will pay for it! It will change from a money maker for shareholders to something valued for all people!

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1003376721 Sheldon Cooper

            You left out “for the common good!”, communist.

      • thetreyman

        any conservative parent that has a kid who’s age is between 18 and 26 that voted for obama should not let them stay on their medical insurance plan. make them pay for their vote. after all, it is what they wanted.

  • IronButterfly

    John Boehner says he can trust Obama.

  • J. Cox

    How late to the party…Ours has went up almost 30%,and it was a smaller plan.We also lost our sons doctor who left because the cost to him and his small practice would eventually bankrupt him.I am dreading Oct. when the new plan we have to take at work goes into effect,how much that will be.Sad part is…getting a family plan on the market now cost about 30% more than using ours at work.Did not use to be that big of a gap.

  • $36544368

    “Could” rise sharply? How about “already have” risen sharply…our medical insurance premiums through my husband’s employer (a very large company, BTW) went up 60% 3 months ago!

  • t jack

    So this is what was negotiated behind closed doors and then sealed with an EO. What is worse is that 40 million illegal aliens weren’t even factored into the overall costs.

  • NeoKong

    I can’t believe nobody predicted this. How did this happen…?

  • Billie Slash

    If this is not a HUGE reason to vote out Senate Dems. and regain total control of Congress, I don’t know what is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.white.16 Joseph A White

    That damned sequester just screwed us again, eh Barky??

  • winoceros

    No kidding. They are moving straight to the “European fix.” All the a-ha moments that allow those who can to actually pay for private care…neat, we say. They’re recognizing the free market works!

    But it’s only intended to work for those who can afford it. What that means to a punitive-minded Alinski-ite is soak the rich and give free services (labor) to most people. That is the plan. Rich people shouldn’t have to stand in lines, silly!

  • ojfl

    You have to pass it before you know what is in it.

    • marcellucci

      They passed it and they STILL don’t know what’s in it…..

    • http://twitter.com/conservag Aaron

      I took a peek inside. It was full of misery.

      • http://twitter.com/BrianPHovland Brian H (wackobird)

        Doom, Despair, and Agony on me……..

        • dgalem

          that is good,,, also,,,” IF it weren’t for my work, thre’s be no work at all”

    • Canadian in USA

      I don’t think even the President knows what’s in it…

      • ojfl

        Now that is sadly funny Canadian. Thank you for that.

    • stellatruman

      and the bleeting sheep marched on

  • Stephen L. Hall

    Does this mean that government mandates aren’t free? I’m shocked, shocked to find that things cost money!

  • rogueco

    the good news is the CBO scored that WSJ article, and it turns out just the first paragraph is going to save the US economy $8 million and create 20,000 jobs.

  • RightThinking1

    Wait until 2014 when the No-Info swinish multitude (NISM ™) have to start paying. “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth…”, I would add “rending of garments”.

  • Orlando Cee

    Quick, someone better tell Donna Brazile!

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Luckily Donna Brazille discovered this last week, so she won’t be surprised again.

    • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

      Yet she claims that Obamacare won’t allow them to raise premiums(yeah right)

    • Kimihiro Watanuki

      There won’t be a thing that’ll ever wake that thick-headed woman up.

  • Brandon Goeringer

    The greatest main stream media trick will be blaming Republicans for Obamacare once these changes take place. The low information voter will buy it hook, line and stinker.

  • http://twitter.com/BrianPHovland Brian H (wackobird)

    Doom, Despair, and Agony on me………

  • Canadian in USA

    Blaming of those “greedy insurance companies” and statements of “sticking it to the first black President” in 5…4…3..

  • Tessa I.

    I couldn’t afford insurance before. Now not only can I not afford it, I’m going to be taxed and penalized for not having it . . . in the name of affordable health care.

    But, y’know, corporate jets. Or something.

  • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

    Lie #27,428 from Obama and the fascists of the DNC and the DNC media. By the way, there will be no death panels………..they will just call it something else.

  • elmopancakes

    What a shock. /sarcasm

    My insurance premium (individual) has increased 300% since the passing of the Act. Since I don’t earn much as I am entry level and in my mid 20s, I don’t know how much longer I can do this. I’ve already made significant lifestyle changes just to accommodate this garbage (ex: walk to work so I don’t have to spend money on the subway, moved into a cheaper place that is less convenient to everything I need to access daily, etc).

  • TDS

    If only someone would have seen this coming.
    Oh, wait…

  • TocksNedlog

    Trolls are remarkably silent on this one.

    • Kimihiro Watanuki

      I was just thinking how there was no one over here defending it. Nothing but cricket sounds from the left.

  • rqtguru

    Let them! Single payer system will be here before you know it!

  • rqtguru

    Funny how the great USA is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t care about its citizens when it comes to ones health! Healthcare for profit trumps all moral and ethical senses! 39th in the world! What are they thinking.

  • lainer51

    Thanks for nothing – you losers that voted for this regime!!!!!

  • http://www.insuranceland.org/ InsuranceQuotesFL

    All we can do at this point is wait to see what changes will be on the horizon. The system will not continue to function as is, so changes are inevitable.