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September 20th, 2010
03:33 PM ET

Will your health care costs rise under Pres. Obama's new law?

In some states, health care costs are increasing, in spite of new laws aimed at cutting costs.
In some states, health care costs are increasing, in spite of new laws aimed at cutting costs.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Democratic candidates up for election are spending three times more advertising against President Obama's health care law than they are for it.

The president told Americans over and over again during the heated health care debate reform would mean lower health care costs. But so far, the opposite is happening.

Let's start with California, where regulators have now cleared all four of the state's major insurers for rate hikes. These four companies control 90 percent of California's individual health insurance policies.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Aetna was the last company to be approved, with rate hikes averaging 19 percent.

The company is defending the rate, saying they're necessary to keep up with rising health care costs – like hospital care, prescription drugs and doctor's visits.

They say the maximum increase for some of its members will be 30 percent. Thirty percent! Some policy holders are rightfully worried that they soon won't be able to afford health insurance.

Meanwhile, in Connecticut, regulators have approved rate hikes of more than 20 percent for the state's largest health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

The Hartford Courant reports increases will vary depending on the plan, but costs will go up due to rising medical costs and the benefits from health care reform. This includes things like covering young adults until they turn 26 and covering the full cost of preventive care like mammograms and colonoscopies.

These rate changes mostly affect new customers buying individual plans, not those who are already insured through an employer.

Here’s my question to you: Do you think your health care costs will rise under Pres. Obama's new health care law?

Interested to know which ones made it to air?

huck

It's sure looking that way. This is what happens when you only do a job halfway. Republicans should have put their country ahead of themselves and allowed the bill to pass as intended. Democrats 'forcing' this bill through should have gone the full nine-yards or not done it at all. Thanks a lot guys, your inane bickering once again comes back to hurt all Americans.

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Jorge in New Mexico

Jack, I don't know if you're being disingenuous or not, but almost none of the health reform law takes effect until 2014 (which was a mistake in its own right). All those rate hikes and increased costs you mention are happening under the old system, the one Obama wanted to change and the one Republicans and some conservative Democrats want to keep. If anything, all these rate hikes argue FOR reform, not against it. Although reform might make a convenient scapegoat for the insurance companies as they go about their annual gouging of their customers.

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Lori in Pennsylvania

Jack, In all of the debates about the health care reform bill, I never once heard that anything would be done about how much health insurance companies could, and would, charge. Under Obama's health care law, with health insurance companies having to accept people with pre-existing conditions, of course they will use that as a reason to, once again, up health insurance rates.

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Al

Yes, but not as much as they would without the law.

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David

Absolutely. Jack, you cannot add coverage and risk and not see costs rise. I mean, I learned this in the 7th grade.

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Elyce
Last year our health insurance went up 25% and we are under a federal employee health insurance plan. I am scared what this year will bring.


Filed under: Health care
soundoff (241 Responses)
  1. Elizabeth

    They were going to rise anyway... we might as well try something that has a shot at lowering them or providing better health care.

    September 20, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  2. MNResident

    I work in a hospital as an accountant computing the salary and benefits cost of doing business. This is not a matter of if I THINK my health care costs will rise in 2011. I KNOW the costs will rise for the hospital I work for as a provider of services, as an employer, and as an employee of same. These have all already been announced, so it is NOTHING surprising. This noew law only accelerated these costs.

    September 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  3. Annie D.

    Since I am one of the millions who cannot afford health insurance, I recently inquired about the pre-existing condition pool in my state. As it turns out, "Obamacare" (as you call it) has done nothing at all to rein in premiums and the monthly cost for my husband and I would be nearly 10 times our mortgage payment. Health insurance "reform" is nothing more than a welfare program for big insurance. I have no idea why Republicans are so opposed to it since it's to the right of programs proposed by Republican presidents and nearly identical to the Massachusetts plan started by Republican Governor Mitt Romney. What we need is single-payer like the other civilized nations of the world have.

    September 20, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  4. Steve, NY

    Of course it's going to rise, somebody has to pay for all those 30-40 million uninsured. Most of these people are either not working or are working but can't afford to pay for health insurance. If they are forced to pay, they're going to complain. Give you an example those kids today that are uninsured that are under 26 years old now can be insured. Guess what they are not jumping into to get coverage. The reason is it's going to cost them approximately 500 dollars a month and more for the kids with pre-existing conditions. The bottom line is that the democrats and Obama are bragging about the coverage but not stating that nobody is
    taking out the insurance because they can't afford the premiums. It's a big joke.

    September 20, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  5. Janne from NC

    Of course they will rise. Only in democratic fairy land can you insure 30 million people for free. Here in the real world someone has to pay for it and that someone is those of us who currently pay for insurance. My premiums have already gone up and I am sure they will go up again. Before long I will no longer be able to afford the premiums. Thank you Mr.Obama. So much for that pledge I can keep my insurance if I like it. And lets get one other thing straight. We did not get health care reform. With health care reform the actual cost of health care would decrease. With ObamaCare not only have health care costs not gone down but my insurance premiums have gone up. Now how exactly has that helped me ?!

    September 20, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  6. Joe R - Houston

    Since EVERYTHING the government is involved in costs more than it otherwise would... YES my health care costs will rise under ANY government health care plan.

    September 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
  7. Paul

    Hi Jack
    Both my Health care costs AND my Taxes will rise under Obama's new law. The Government simply cannot run any enterprise efficiently.

    September 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  8. John from Alabama

    Jack: No, I have government tricare and medicare and it has not gone up, but it has been the same level for over 3 years and is due an increase this next year. I guess I must be the only person in America who is glad preexisting conditions are a theme of the past, children can stay on their parents insurance until age 26, and when I get sick an need insurance it will be there for me. People who do not like the new health care reform act are either stupid or suckers.

    September 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  9. Russ in PA

    Of course health care costs will rise. How can anyone expect anything but skyrocketing prices once you destroy a free market and continue the expansion of corporatism?

    September 20, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  10. Jorge in New Mexico

    No, they should go down for everyone, except for those who have no coverage and are mooching off the taxpayers now anyway.

    People who are getting treated in emergency rooms, where it's most expensive, will have regular doctors they can go to, and they'll pay the premiums for their insurance coverage.

    That's also why people who whine that they want the "freedom" to not have insurance make me mad. They still expect to be treated in the emergency room when they're sick or get hurt, so either the taxpayers pay for them, or the costs get passed on to all the other patients who do have insurance.

    That's why when you get a hospital bill, it lists aspirin for $50 a pill– you're paying for the uninsured.

    I'd say that people can opt out of the system and not buy insurance only if doctors and hospitals are FORBIDDEN to treat them unless they pony up 100% of the cost of their treatment in cash, up front.

    They can put an ATM in the emergency room for their convenience.

    September 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
  11. Andy Lynn, MA

    Everything in life goes up; with the exception of the interest on my savings account.

    September 20, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  12. Joanne

    Are you kidding me Jack? We have read the bill – taxes and costs of Policies will rise substantially. Costs of Policies this year have risen 10-13% due to Mr. Obama's so called Healthcare (which is nothing but a boondoogle to Ins Companies IF they can force young people to purchase policies)...and taxes galore.
    For example, there is a 3.8% Federal Tax on homeowners who sell their homes starting in 2014 (read it folks).
    It's a scam on the American people.
    Joanne
    Mn

    September 20, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  13. steve in fl

    Yes, but not because of Obama. The drug cartel will adjust their premiums accordingly, not matter what happens. The siege will only end when they have real competition. Health care should not be a commodity. Period.

    September 20, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  14. Jay

    NO! The President's health care law will increase competition and eliminate discrimination for "pre-existing conditions". The Republicans hate those rules because it means less money for the crooked insurance companies that fund Republican campaigns. Thank you, Mr. Obama.

    September 20, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  15. Jeff in Virginia

    Yes Jack, there is no way to cover that many people without either Taxes or our insurance premiums going up. Look at anything that the government controls, our costs always go up.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  16. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    From 2004 – 2008 my monthly premiums for heath care rose from $120 per month to $485 per month, 400% in 4 years, all the while there was a reduction of services. Since then I've done without health care. Since there are no definitive figures available my best guess is who knows? I can't imagine the cost can escalate to the extent that it has.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  17. Johnny C (from Los Angeles)

    Hi Jack –

    My health care costs have already risen since that wonderful bill was created .... aaarggggh! It is getting to the point that unless I'm in some serious pain, I do not go to the doctor.

    Great action plan government ... costs keep rising and there aren't enough doctors who will work in conjunction with the greatness of this plan. At least the illegals can still get free care ... I guess that some people are happy.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  18. francap

    No my health care costs will not rise. I amy happy that millions of our fellow Americans will now have health care.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  19. Tom Bulger

    No. I have lived in Aotearoa/New Zealand and I know costs will decrease and quality of care will start to match that of other first world nations. It is about time. This has been embarrassing.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  20. David Alexandria VA

    Absolutely no doubt, Jack. Any economist will tell you that.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  21. Bob

    Silly question, Jack....what WON'T go up under Obama?

    September 20, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  22. Bill from Green Bay

    Jack,

    It really doesn't matter what is done to counteract the health insurance companies, they ARE GOING TO RAISE rates no matter what! Blaming it on Obama is just a convenient talking point for the mindless Republicans...the spineless Democrats are no better!

    September 20, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
  23. Thomas Archibald

    Of course, when you add 20-30 million currently uninsured to any insurance companies load (car, home, etc.) costs will obviously rise. The Democrats don't care, because that will push us toward Government Health Care which is what they want. If you think private health insurance is expensive just wait until the Government runs (or should I say RUINS)it.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
  24. Jerry Driskell

    Only if the sun continues to rise in the East.
    Jerry in Blairsville, GA

    September 20, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  25. Tina Tx

    Probably so but what is the lesser of two evils? A raise in the cost or having none at all under the Republican plan?

    September 20, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
  26. Ed from Port Aransas, TX

    Health care costs will continue to increase as long as health insurance companies consume 30% of every health dollar.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  27. Richard, in Kansas

    Nope. You see I already have socialist health care, I'm a disabled veteran. The VA does a great job and is probably the single greatest benefit of serving our country. I pity those of you at the mercy of free market health care. Semper Fi.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  28. southerncousin

    Just got my renew and yes of course they have risen. We all knew that it was a lie to begin with. Higher cost, less choice and more taxes. That is what Obamacare was all about. My income taxes have risen also and I don't make over $250,000 a year, so that was a lie also. Obama lies, when will all of you understand that.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  29. B.J., Quincy, Il

    The only way that Health Care will not rise is by putting a cap on what can be charged by the hospitals and the Doctors.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  30. Jane (Minnesota)

    My deductible went up dramatically before health care "reform" was passed. This was to lessen the blow of a proposed 30 plus percent premium increase for my employer from the insurance company. I'm afraid there won't be true reform in health care costs until it is no longer a for profit industry. The insurance companies do not have enough competition to control rates and are too big to complete with; the pharamceutical industry is protected from other competition, it's a no win for the consumer, Jack.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  31. Carter

    Will they? They already have.

    No one in their right mind could ever believe that adding millions to the rolls wasn't going to increase cost. Just another lie from our Hope President.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  32. Simon, FL

    Absolutely. This has never been about health care. If congress cared about our health we would be on the same program they are on. This is about the government collecting as much money as possible and taking over 1/6th of the economy. Quality of health care will go down and the cost of this program will skyrocket.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  33. Conor in Chicago

    Everyone's costs will go up. The reason for this is because we are a Corporatocracy, not a democracy. As the Health Care Cabal has the real power now they will simply raise your premiums, blame it on the Democrats, get the Democrats out of power with their allys in the news media, get the Repblicans back in, and then reduce the rates just a touch to make it look like the Republicans did something for us.

    It is why American Capitalism needs to end. It is why much of my generation is openly hostile to Capitalism. It is why we think America is a joke. It is why you all should be very scarred of us. The Tea Partiers are very loud. We, on the other hand, are very quiet....but our patience is just about gone...

    September 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  34. THOMAS FROM CHICAGO

    What health care? I have VA and my wife have none. The only health care she has is pray. We pray everyday that she doesn't get sick because the pre-Obama Care Health Care situation is designed to service the rich and employer sponsored clients and to let the poor die early

    Thomas
    Chicago
    Vietnam vet.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  35. Frank Invernale

    Don't know for sure. But, just like Social Security and medicare when they first came. There was problems but with time changes were made as time went on I think same will happen to the health plan our great congress and senate will make changes to make it better?????

    September 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  36. Patsy, Texas

    My short answer, Jack, is I don't know. I called my insurance company
    and guess what? They don't know either. Long answer is that my
    insurance has gone up every year for the past ten years, so what's
    the difference personally. I read where the Republicans are even
    fighting over what to do with the health plan. The only thing they agree
    on, is repeal it. They seem to be all over the map, some want
    medicare to be a "voucher plan", some want "small steps that tip toe
    around political land mines", some just want to start over. So their
    long awaited plan will be interesting, and probably muddled up just
    like their candidates are. Thank you.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  37. Rich McKinney, Texas

    They already have. Funny how that works Jack. Under Obama care my health insurance has gone up 15 percent in less then a year. I just can't wait for some more government involvement in our every day lives.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  38. Carla

    My health care costs have ALREADY gone up. I received notice from our Blue Cross plan at work in July that, due to "anticipated" changes in the health care laws, all my co-pays are going up, NEW $175 co-pays are being implemented for the interpretation of MRIs, sonograms, and other tests, NEW $175 co-pays are being put in place for other things I don't understand, co-pays are increasing for hospital stays and outpatient surgery, prescription co-pays are increasing AND my premiums are being raised. To top that off, they are kicking ME off the plan at work next year because I reach 65, and this will force me on Medicare. And when I saw my doctor last week for my annual physical, he told me he no longer accepts Medicare patients.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  39. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    That's a good question Jack. Our HC costs have gone up 10% per year for the last 5 years so I really don't know if they'll go up again but we expect them too.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  40. Brian D. McCarthy from Paoli, PA

    Jack,

    Of course our health care costs will rise. They already started to. Healthcare is not even the mission of ObamaCare. It's a new tax. In fact, the largest tax ever imposed on the working population disguised as "health care for all" with no public option. We are now REQUIRED to patronize the Federal Government to buy something that we don't want (it's a tax). After all, it's being defended as a tax against the states smart enough to sue the Federal Government.

    ObamaCare is nothing more than another Social Security. More money into government coffers for them to borrow from to expand our world empire.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  41. Denny from Tacoma

    Since health insurance cannot be denied because of preexisting conditions, I am almost positive that it will rise, but if I have to pay more to help some of my fellow Americans get the health insurance that they need, then it is okay with me. Personally I am for socialized medicine where everyone is basically covered. I have studied socialized medicine in other countries and some of them are doing quite well; with the wealth of our nation we could do well too.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  42. Susan from San Diego

    Of course, it already has..... It's ludicrous to believe otherwise!!!

    September 20, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  43. Louis Patyk

    Yes! They will. Will they go up if health care reform is not enacted? Yes ! They will. More or less? I do not know. I'll bet you do. Do you find anything our, or should I say my, president does? Just wondering. All of you seem to focus on the negetive. I rarely read or hear any thing pos. from any TV host.. Again Just wondering., but I'll never know as none of you will ever awnser that question. METALWORKER

    September 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  44. hurricanepaul from Hawaii

    They already HAVE, Jack...by more that 30%...and that's because Obamacare is purposely designed to cause the private insurance companies to go bankrupt...so they are charging as much as they can, WHILE they can, knowing the end is near.

    Once the private insurance companies have gone belly-up, the government will be deciding WHO gets "health care" and who doesn't.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  45. Overby from Melbourne

    I was in the insurance business about 30 years. If the companies are going to be forced to insure high risk people, the companies costs are going to obviously go up. If the costs go up, they don't pay it out of their profits or bonuses, it comes from you and me in the form of higher rates, plain and simple. Duh.....

    September 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  46. Michael Roepke - Dallas

    For years the middle class has earned less and been charged more for everything. And today we have a resurgence of a political party that advocates lower taxes for the rich and less regulation of monopolistic corporations providing goods and services we have to have.
    Of course health care as well as everything will go up in cost. No single reform can stem the environment of greed that has been the hall mark of the 21st century.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  47. Ed

    Unless I can secure myself a seat in the house or senate I'm sure my health care costs will go up. So Please vote for me everybody, Ed from MD.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  48. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    I just turned 65 and finally can get Medicare therefore the new healthcare law should not effect me.

    what WOULD effect me is IF these Tea Party candidates like Sharron Angle, Rand Paul, Christine O'Donnell and Joe Miller STEAL the Social Security and MediCare coaverage I paid into my whole working life.

    needless to say I am NOT happy with those prospects. I can't BELIEVE that ANY senior would vote for one of these CRAZIES.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  49. chuck coastal n.c.

    In N.C., they just announced that the insurance was ganted an increase of 5.36% over last year. Last year there was a 9% increase. Cost of living has not raised this much and peoples incomes have either stayed the same or has decreased. WTF ????

    September 20, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  50. Leslie

    I used to like you Jack and your patronizing questions but, as you know the answer to this question, No. Not liking you so much lately. Why don't organizations like CNN get the truth about the health care law out to the people or to quote Wolf " to the Millions of viewers across the country and around the world". With all the time you spend on negative news you could spend some time in prime time on getting out real information that is actually helpful to people. It would seem to me that if you can have a panel that picks apart an election for months you could have a panel that picks apart the health care law for months also. Its just a thought seeing how it is going to have a direct effect of those millions of viewers across the country and around the world.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  51. Ed from California

    I get my insurance negotiated through a Union, the Teamster's Union. With that we have a huge buying pool, and with that we get a lot of bang for our buck. I'm not expecting my rates to go up that much as of now. The federal regulations are not in place yet. When the fed regs get in place, I suspect the rates will go down a little and from there as soon as bigger pools get together the rates will go down even more. This is a new program and it's going to take time for this program to get set up. If this program can be run like Medicare we will all be in great shape. My late parents had medicare, and private insurance. And Medicare is well run, easy to use and it took care of business.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  52. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Jack, I don't expect mine to go up, or not much if it does. I have the best kind of health care – government run TRICARE.
    I guess for some would consider this punishment for 22 years service in the US Air Force.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  53. Tom in Texas

    While I don't know the answer to that anymore than you do, I will bet that all of these arguments and scare tactics (or similar ones) were used in the 1960's against Medicare .That has worked out pretty well, methinks.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  54. Pete from Georgia

    If I'm a working person with no desire to have any form of government on my back..............................EVERY phase of my life will cost more under the Socialist Regime now in power. Every single thing.
    It has to..........................to support the leaches who exist for nothing else but handouts in their lives, from cradle to grave.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  55. Eugene Myers Flat, CA

    There's no way the cost of health care will be free as Obama promised during his campaign. Even with a super majority in Congress, Obama had to pay off democrats for support of this disaster that's full of hidden taxes and fees. Help reverse this unconstitutional bill by voting each and everypandering incumbant out of office this November.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  56. Kevin in Dallas

    Right after the bill was signed, my insurer raised rates across the board. This year, they stayed the same.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  57. Jorge in New Mexico

    Jack, I don't know if you're being disingenuous or not, but almost none of the health reform law takes effect until 2014 (which was a mistake in its own right).

    All those rate hikes and increased costs you mention are happening under the old system, the one Obama wanted to change and the one Republicans and some conservative Democrats want to keep.

    If anything, all these rate hikes argue FOR reform, not against it. Although reform might make a convenient scapegoat for the insurance companies as they go about their annual gouging of their customers.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  58. elyce

    Last year our health insurance went up 25% and we are under a Federal Employee Health Insurance Plan. I am scared what this year will bring.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  59. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    My health care cost rose several Presidents prior to President Obama; they rose since President Obama's election; And they will rise after President Obama's term. I suspect that Health Care cost will continue to rise as long as "Profit" is associated or connected to/with health care services for Americans. Compassion fora fellow American's health should not predicated on corporate definitions of profit margins and corporate cost benefits.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  60. paul -seattle

    you mean will the shareholders who dont do any healthcare work but collect off our healthcare costs that obama did a favor for in making it a law that we all have to buy insurance like car insurance only a little diferent.yes, i think the shareholder welfare will get greedier and greedier and our politicians will continue to take the kick back and payoffs while complaining as if they know how to solve the problem which they dont

    September 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  61. Ken in California

    As long as there is a stock market with the desire for never ending profits, there will be no gravity when it comes to prices and costs that have been sucking us dry for years. Obamas's health care law matters nothing in our land of greed and selfishness, where balloons go up and never come down.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  62. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Our personal health care costs rose 22% last January 1st along with an added $500 deductible each. This was nearly 4 months BEFORE the so called "Obamacare" was signed into law. So my question is, what the hell is the difference? Costs were going up like a rocket long before Obama took the oath of office.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  63. Dennis north Carolina

    The cost will rise until the people demand that the government take over the insurance side and regulate medical costs.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  64. Rich - TX

    That people didn't realize this was going to happen all along says alot about how good a salesman Obama is. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but, this is only the beginning. Not only are prices going to skyrocket, the quality of our care is going to take a dive.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  65. Susan from Idaho

    Naw, I'll just use more vicks and bag balm.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  66. Birddog in Mississippi

    Jack, Obama never said costs would not go up, he said they will not go up as fast, and they won't. The premium's at the business where I work are going up 10%, but they would have gone up nearly 11% this year without reform. Please have Ali explain the CBO report to you Jack, because obviously you don't understand it.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  67. Bizz Quarryville Pennsylvania

    The healthcare bill needs to be tweaked and improved but is still far better than not having a gov't healthcare plan. Every civilized and industrialized nation in the world has a better Health Care plan than we do. The republicans would have us believe that going back to the old system of having no gov't healthcare plan is a way to go. That way their rich friends in the drug business and the insurance business could keep getting richer by charging twice as much as other countries do for the same thing. For that reason alone is why we do not have the coverage that other nations have.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  68. Dave, Orlando, FL

    I hope not because my coverage already doubled a month before the bill was signed. But there is no way it will not increase. Obama’s big mistake was lying about the public option. He had no intention of putting it in and didn’t. That is why the insurance industry will increase rates and continue to do so until there is a viable public option, which would be the only meaningful reform and the only thing these bums will understand. But that will never happen.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  69. Arnold MI

    Yes they will increase under the Obama Plan due the the dropping of the public option that was a trade off for Republican approval, but the question should be, can we put a price tag on our health and our lives?

    Remember that we have 45,000 people dying annually because of their inability to obtain medical services, and we still are paying shareholders billions of dollars a year, and executive pay for insurance companies is in the 10's of millions a year, and the lawyers also enjoy a very comfortable income from the insurance companies, and we also have many doctors that are millionaires.

    Is it the Obama Care that is driving up insurance rates??

    September 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  70. Ben from Boston

    Jack,

    I live in Massachusetts where we have had the prototype of the Obama health plan for a few years now. My insurance costs have gone up more than 20% per year since Massachusetts started the plan. What's more clogged ER's still are as clogged as before the plan went into effect and those on Mass Health (the state plan) sometimes have to wait months to see their primary because there are not enough doctors to handle the load. YES, I know my health care costs will go up and I bet yours will too.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  71. Gary H. Boyd

    I'd love to be able to answer that Jack, but I'm only on page 3,412 of Obama's 6,000+ page health care plan. Ask me again in January.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    September 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  72. Paul in New Port Richey, Fl

    The price of health care will rise with or without Obamacare. It will just rise faster with Obamacare. It's the magic of government by the idiots.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  73. Gail, Plano TX

    This is why I had hoped there would be a public option in the health care reform bill. I have not been able to afford health insurance for the past 25 years. I now have Medicare which helps, if I can find a doctor who will accept it. I have a drug plan whose monthly rates have skyrocketed! So Jack, I am rolling the dice so to speak. But I will be damned if I will support the insurance company. So whether insurance rates go up with the new health bill will not affect me one iota!

    September 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  74. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    You ask my cost Jack. It will cost me an arm and a leg. And I don't think prosthetic devices are covered.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  75. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    No. I am a veteran and I am happy with socialized medicine for our veterans!

    September 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  76. Kathie

    Already have incrfeased. Medicare advantage premiums up,m co-pays up, coverage down, increased drug costs with increased selectivity of covered drugs, etc. How about our elected nonrepresentatives being like an undercover boss and live like the rest of us, partake of the same benefits we have, etc???

    September 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  77. Conor in Chicago

    Another reason to get rid of Capitalism and the Capitalists. Do any of you think this will change, ever? No, not until we Socialize our economy and take the profit margin out of health will we be free. But don't believe me! Believe your Capitalist news media....

    September 20, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  78. Greg Who? Mechanicsburg, PA

    It's only partly Obama's fault that the health care reform law stinks. It could have been something worthwhile, a true boon to society, only the Democrats in Congress are a bunch of lily-livered scalawags. They pandered to the conservatives and to the insurance lobbyists so it stinks to high heaven. It burdens small businesses and lines the pockets of the insurance companies. And over 35 million Americans still can't afford it. What a rip off! Of course those most to blame are the obstructionist Republicans who could had participated and helped instead of block and threaten. They are the real villains.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  79. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    Not exactly. The costs are going up under STATE laws that allow insurance companies to jack up the prices, and jack us in the process, Jack. But, the media pundits like you, Jack, will still blame Obama.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  80. bud rupert

    No question they will rise. Health care is a can of worms Jack. Too many pieces to the puzzle and they all have BIG bucks at stake.

    It all starts with the doctors and hospitals though. Until they get rid of fee for service billing you can't expect the insurers not to raise rates. It's a bottoms up problem and I'm not sure that anybody or any number of bodies can change it. It's all political smoke and mirrows at this point.

    Health care is like Social Security and Midicare. It's too hot to handle but you hear a lot of hot air during campaigns. That's all it is-HOT AIR

    September 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  81. Richard Birdwell

    If Health Care costs rise at a rate higher than the growth of the economy after being put on notice that this is unacceptable look for wage / price freezes. We can't sustain higher Medicare / Medicaid / Health Insurance premium costs.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  82. Jane W

    A group of us have read and reviwed the law....are you kiding me Jack?
    Congress could of handled the issues of not allowing cancellations that are improper, make sure disabled are taken care of, etc for 3-4 Billion Dollars. My father's party is "nuts"....Father would be turning in his grave. We made our own way in life when we were 18 yrs old – what? 26 and still hanging on to Mom's aprons strings?
    Jane W
    Wi

    September 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  83. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    President Obama needs to cut through all the crap and open enrollment to the Federal Employee Health Insurance Program that our legislators now enjoy.
    My individual PPO coverage in New York would decrease from $900 to less than $550 a month – even without the 75% subsidy enjoyed by our forever vacationing Congress. What's good for our public servants should certainly be good enough for their constituents.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  84. Dennis from Minneapolis, MN

    Funny Jack. I didnt see any mention of hospitals or doctors offices raising their rates. Just insurance companies. Let me ask you a question..... What purpose does an insurance company serve in a society where you cannot deny care to a person? Obama may be a lot of things, but hes dang sure a genius. Insurance companies.... your time is at an end. The sad part is no one understands where the blame lies for the premium increase. Rates increasing 30 percent?!?! That means that up until now they were robbing us of 30 percent of our money!!!!

    September 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  85. katiec Pekin, IL

    Jack,
    The new Health Care Plan has not even gone into effect yet.
    These insurance companies are continuing their rape of the American people prior to restrictions, mandates put upon them.
    Do you actually think the insurance companies would not raise rates as they have been doing these last several years with or without a plan? That the cost of drugs would not go up or hospitals spending billions on expanding, brutalizing the American people because of their costs?
    At the same time reporting record breaking profits?
    For you to publish an article favoring the health care industries, making excuses for their inexcusable actions flabbergasts me even more than your total right wing bias.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  86. Jim, Citrus Springs, Fl

    Jack,

    It has already started, too bad he did not major in economics!

    A man with no touch of common sense.

    Enjoy your spot on cnn, ever think of moveing to Fox

    just a thought

    Jim

    September 20, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  87. JENNA

    Do you think your health care costs will rise under Pres. Obama's new health care law?

    Tell me when it hasn't gone up?

    Under GW Bush it rose between 28% – 35% EACH YEAR.

    It will rise under Obama because the Insurance Industry is gouging us until the Health Care Reform Act is 100% in place in 2014 – thanks to the GOP who demanded that the Insurance companies be able to do this to us. Let's remember to thank the GOP in November at the polls.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    September 20, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  88. Gary

    Many people are using health insurance too often and for conditions not warranting a doctors visit. They don't realize the consequences...rising premiums for all. Health insurance was never designed for this. Imagine what would happen if everyone filed claims with their car insurer as often as they file health care claims. No amount of reform or policies from either political party will solve this problem. We have become a nation of hypochondriacs.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  89. rckeene

    my perscription co pay doubled in Jan befor Obama ever was in office. If it goes up anymore I will be cutting my doses in two.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  90. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, They already have risen by 11% this year and are scheduled to raise again next year by an additional 15%. There is NO way to stop costs from rising when the system is going to be forced to take on an additional 30-40 million people who can't or won't pay for their own health care. Socialistic government really sucks when you are a taxpayer!

    September 20, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  91. Joe CE

    Yes but less than they would without the heath care law.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  92. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    In all of the debates about the health care reform bill, I never once heard that anything would be done about how much health insurance companies, like BlueCross BlueShield, could – and would – charge. With health insurance companies, under Obama's health care law, having to accept people with pre-existing conditions, of course they will use that as a reason to, once again, up health insurance rates.

    So, Jack, to answer your question, there's no doubt in my mind that health insurance costs will go up once the new health care law goes into effect.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  93. steve- virginia beach

    Of course they are. Healthcare insurance companies were already only making an average of 2 to 3.5% profit before the bozos in Washington forced them to add coverage for high-cost items like preexisting conditions, preventative care, and to remove lifetime coverage caps. Their only two options are to raise rates or bankrupcy.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  94. Steve

    There never was a doubt that the costs would rise. The purpose of the reform was to cover more people, and slow the rise of the costs..Slow down the increase is the key. I don't ever recall anyone saying that costs would go down. They were skyrocketing without healthcare reform, and they should stabilize somewhat..

    September 20, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  95. john ....... marlton, nj

    They will skyrocket ... when you walk into a healthcare establishment with ObamaCare everyone will be wearing those halloween 'snouts'

    September 20, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  96. Joe in VA

    Health care cost will rise with our without the law. I fear they will rise more with it. Isn't that was a government agency said recently? It defies logic that one can add 30Million to the rolls of the insured and not have increases because many of those uninsured have serious health issues or lack income to pay premiums. This this not about saving money, it is about making insurance available. I think this health care law stinks but there has to be some way to offer insurance to everyone.

    Chatham, VA

    September 20, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  97. sheila

    I think all insurances will be raising their rates exorbitantly until the health care reform measures are all in place. I'm still glad that I can't be denied coverage due to existing conditions and that my unemployed college-graduated children can remain on our plan.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  98. honest John in Vermont

    Yes, my insurance rates are going up and I am sure I'll be getting less coverage. aaarrrrggghhhhh! I don't think I'll be able to afford it anymore.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  99. AndyZ Lynn, MA

    If the cost of health care does nott go up exponentially then shout Hurray! It means the lobbyists have lost control of Congress. We have the besy government money can buy.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  100. pat in michigan

    yes i'm sure they will .I'm a retiree and helpless to defend my benefits from the corp. that signed a contract to provide for my med insurance till death.
    Thats ok as long as the ceo gets his new yacht.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  101. Allison, Vancouver B.C.

    Probably, because all the insurers, etc. etc.etc. will take advantage of every possible opportunity/loophole to make as much money as they ca. They are "for profit", people! Until you Americans ever figure out that the way to go is "single payer".........but of course it won't happen because it's "socialism". We in Canada despair of you.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  102. Cathy

    Since I have a pre-existing condition and no health care
    insurance now, yes I expect it to rise. But most health care
    insurance has risen in cost or deductibles already. This
    health care bill was not what most people wanted, and my
    doctor said he didn't know why they didn't give Medicare
    coverage to all uninsured people.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  103. Linda

    Jack I hope not. It has tripled before the health care bill was passed. If it rises anymore, Every time I have a hang nail, I'm calling my doctor!!!

    September 20, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  104. Chuck

    It's sure looking that way. This is what happens when you only do a job halfway.

    Republicans should have put their country ahead of themselves and allowed the bill to pass as intended. Democrats 'forcing' this bill through should have gone the full nine-yards or not done it at all.

    Thanks a lot guys, your inane bickering once again comes back to hurt all Americans.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  105. Jeff In Minnesota

    Being from Minnesota, while I am concerned that costs will rise and rise more than expected, I am more concerned that the quality of my health care will drop. Health care in Minnesota is probably some of the finest in the nation. But I worry that under Obama-care, it will be forced to lower itself to the lowest common denominator.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  106. Al

    Yes but not as much as they would without the law.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  107. Paul Round Rock Texas

    Cost my rise that is just a sign of the times. The question should be will the care be what we all expect.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  108. David Findley

    Absolutely. Jack, you cannot add coverage and risk and not see cost rise. I mean I learned this in the 7th grade.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  109. Frank DeNiro

    If everything in this country stays the same, then I see no other choice. The middle class should pay back the politicians, corporate America and the top 1% and do what they did to us ABANDON them. See if they enjoy working longer hours for less pay and no health insurance.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  110. Katja in Bradenton, Florida

    Hi Jack,

    Now that I have stopped laughing, I can answer the question. Does it really matter? I can't afford heath insurance now. So if it goes up?? I still won't be able to afford it. I can only hope more meds become available in generic. Then I can get 3 months worth at Walmart for $10.00 and be grateful for that.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  111. Sandra in Temecula, CA

    They already are. There is nothing in the health care bill to control the rising cost of premiums. This is reminiscent of the credit card bill....the one that caused all our interest rates to go up and limits slashed. We should have figured out by now, when government gets involved the result delivered is never what was promised.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  112. chris

    oh of course it will go sky high even more than it is now much more thanks to obamacare and on page 1847 of the health care bill it says so and since we don't know what is in the voted bill of what is really in it we can make it up on what page it is on

    September 20, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  113. Ben Buerger

    Jack,

    Everyone's cost will rise. You cannot add additional benefits with out raising the cost. It's basic economics. Anyone who believed Obama and friends about the health care scam ( bill) must have been smoking some of that medical weed in California.

    Ben
    Cincinnati, OH

    September 20, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  114. Jason Alan

    My health care will increase because medical flex accounts will be capped at $2500 a year. Since my account is currently at $5000 a year (and I use it all), that will mean an additional $2500 dollars a year in taxable income for me. Plus the fact that OTC drugs will no longer be eligible under the flex accounts. The great thing about flex accounts is that I get all of the money in my account at the beginning of the year, which provides me with piece of mind in case I need it for medical emergencies that are not covered under insurance. $2500 a year is nothing considering the out of pocket expenses for dental care, orthodontists, and eye glasses. Trust me, if my company allowed more than $5000 a year, I'd take it, but when I found out that the new bill will max it out at $2500 a year, I was almost heartbroken. Seriously. It might not seem like a lot, but $2500 more of taxable income a year will be about $800 more a year in taxes for me. It's just robbing Peter to pay Paul.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  115. sam delray beach fl

    could be -but think of all the lives and families that will be saved by this extra cost.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  116. Minesh - Troy, MI

    Absolutely, Jack. Additional layers of bureaucracy with a monopoly type health care plan will increase the premiums in an unbelievable manner.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  117. tom k in ca.

    Congress kept the insurance industry in charge with no competition.We need a voluntary federal option to compete with the snakes of corporate insurance.Costs will always go up as long as corporate bureaucrats have no competition.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  118. Bob D Iowa

    Jack, until they can get the healthcare industry, the drug and insurance companies under some kind of control nothing is going to help. My insurance rates went up 40% for 2010 and I can't wait to see what happens this year. Until both parties start to look out for their constituants instead of those that lobby them all is lost. I don't care who is in control the hole mess is going to cost us more.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  119. Julie from Louisiana

    We were notified a few months ago that our Blue Cross policy premiums will go up significantly in Jan. due to the co. anticipating adding adult children and children with pre-exisiting conditions to the rolls. Someone has to pay for this. Our children are grown and on their own, but we are paying for others. We will raise our deductibles to $5500 EACH with premiums over $1100 per month. Thanks for the change.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  120. Gigi Oregon

    Only if insurance CEOs can buy off the Senate and Congress. And that could be a possibility if the American people don't keep pressure on them. "Work for the Insurance companies and we'll vote you out."

    September 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  121. Steve

    My costs are already rising because of the new law. My business partner and myself use a Blue Cross small group plan for just our two families. Our plan just went up another $150 each per month and our broker says its because nobody is bothering to come up with any alternative or competing plans until the mess of Obamacare clears up... which could be who knows how many years! I expect it to go up for the same reason each year for a while. Out plan had otherwise been reasonably steady! I'm not sure what we will do.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  122. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    Yes, health care costs will increase due to many reasons. First is the lack of good quality control within the entire health care system. Second is the cost of paying lawyers to handle suits against the system (doctors, nurses, hospitals, etc.) Third is increase in number of illegal aliens who will need free health care. Fourth is cashflow problems that Medicare and Medicaid create for medical providers, it takes them months to get paid. Fifth is the opportunity that insurance companies have been given they can increase the cost and blame it on Obama. And Sixth companies are not making as much profit and therefore must pass on to employees the increases they will be getting.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  123. Chaney, La.

    Healthcare costs have been, and will continue to rise...but we will get a bigger bang for our buck. No more pre-existing conditions. etc...

    September 20, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  124. John

    My health insurance premium has already increased 19%.
    Since Obama didn't see fit to revoke the anti-trust exemption health insurers enjoy, costs will only increase, not decrease since there is virtually no competition and therefore no incentive to reduce rates.
    This is another bill of goods sold to the American public by a president who plays fast and loose with the truth.
    I don't believe a single word about anything that comes out of his mouth.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  125. David in Tampa

    Of course rates will go up under the Democratic plan; they would go up under a Republican plan, any plan or no plan at all. The whole health care system is in an upward cost spiral with no end in sight and has been since at least the 1960's. New technologies, salaries for a highly skilled labor force, operational costs, management greed all add to the need to increase insurance rates that will eventually be passed on to the consumer to cover those costs. What is not covered by insurance is billed to the patient. Health care in this country is rife with fraud. What is needed in this country is systemic reform. Unfortunately, with all the bipartisan bickering and political gamesmanship in Washington a golden opportunity to do something meaningful has been lost and the big losers in all this Jack is we the people.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  126. steve- virginia beach

    They are going up just as intellectually honest critical thinkers said they would. It's part of the plan to force premiums up to the point that people and businesses can't afford them in order to force us into universal healthcare.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  127. patrick in westminster md

    Jack – you want to see the math? As a person working for a small business, under 40 people, I already pay through the nose with Anthem Blue Cross VA.- $ 650/month family of 2, and the deductable is 3k. Copays on some drugs are 50 bucks a pop. Im paying close to 1k per month combined. If costs go up then 3 things will happen – OBAMA will be a 1 term President , the Democrats will be swept out of office and the healthcare act will be repealed. How much did the Healthcare go up for the Plan that Congress has? Why not ask that question Jack?

    September 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  128. Watchman

    It's just a scam. The American people have been lied to once again by the elitists in Washington. Join the Tea Party while we have some non-taxable income left.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  129. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    We must understand that health care cost problems are not the sole responsibility of health care providers. And that this bill was far from what Obama wanted.,

    The medical costs must be addressed also. Every insurer would be out of business if their costs were frozen and the medical community continued to raise prices.

    Let's look at the pharmaceuticals, equipment manufactures, hospitals, etc. Why does it cost $500, with yearly increases, for a simple x-ray long after the x-ray machine was paid for years ago, for example?

    September 20, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  130. Anthony from NJ

    Health Care has long ago been in need of reform decades ago. This president had the courage to start somewhere since costs were becoming unsustainable. Insurance companies were having a heyday, drug companies were realizing enormous profits and hospitals and doctors living the high life. This is an industry out of control and with an unlimited pool of the sickly since the Boomers are reaching old age.
    I admire this president tackling almost insolvable problems and taking them by the horns. Anyone who thinks the Health care Bill isn't a first step might as well stay in the past and die destitute.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  131. Ken in NC

    Blood Pressure or Cost but something is going up. I know the President ment well but the Health Care Industry, PHARMA and others own a much bigger share of Congress than the people. He never stood a chance.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  132. EE Wiese

    No.I have Medicare and with a little patience everybody could have healthcare.This country needs to come together and have unity and community,and think about others instead of my,me, and mine.Practice your religious values. Gene

    September 20, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  133. Kathi

    Of course they will...since I have NO insurance now!

    September 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  134. Lindsey

    Health care costs were already rising at record rates. That's why we needed health care reform so urgently. This will slow the increase and once everyone is covered it will lower costs.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  135. Dan

    Of course they will, that was the purpose of the law all along to get more money for Big Med, and ultimately more money to lobby Washington.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  136. Linda P

    I'm self employed – my personal health care costs have risen every single year by $100/month for my daughter and I. Why should it stop rising under Obama? And why do people make it sound like they've never risen before. This is ridiculous and immoral. But don't blame Obama, it's been happening every year for the last 10 years.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  137. Bob

    Do I think that healthcare costs will go up under ObamaCare? Will the sun rise tomorrow morning?

    September 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  138. paul

    Of course they will at first Jack. President Obama has already acknowledged this. This is necessary to bring down the long-term costs and give everyone better coverage.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  139. Pete in Arizona

    Will the sun rise? Hey, the price goes up no matter what any president does.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  140. Ron D-

    Of course they're rising.

    Inexperienced people in D.C don't get the job done ,no matter how smart or passionate. We learned that with President Obama.

    Now the Tea Party wants to stuff Congress with more inexperienced people.

    Health care is the least of our worries. News Flash; it was last year too.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  141. Nell, South Carolina

    Health care costs are going to go up as long as the insurance companies are in business to make a profit. I wish single-payer had been politically possible.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  142. TMW

    Mine have already gone up. Our co-pays increased effective September 1.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  143. vince cami

    Is anyone really surprised that insurance ratesare going up?
    The notion that insuring 30million more Americans will be free was a joke and now the real cost of Obamacare is coming down the pike
    Hold on tho your wallets... it will only get worse
    Vince Cami

    September 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  144. Jason W.

    Political promises not kept? Duh! Of course our health care costs are going to rise...Obama is no different than any other politician, and so are his promises.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  145. Scott Stodden

    Exactly Like You Just Said The Health Care Law Doesn't Go In Effect Until 2014 We Have To Remember That So This Just Gives The Health Insurance Companies Time To Raise Their Rates Doesn't It Jack? Why Couldn't We Just Figure Out A Way To Pass This Thing Where The Laws Take Effect Right Away And Then This Wouldn't Happen, Whatever The Case May Be Everyone Needs Health Care No Matter What But Mr President It Shouldn't Be At Rates Americans Can't Afford!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    September 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  146. Toni

    This probably won't get printed but unfortunately the insurance companies won't stop raising costs. Even though consumers have a little more control, they won't have control over rising costs until either a Democrat or Republican stands up against this practice.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  147. vince cami

    Is anyone really surprised that insurance rates are going up?
    The notion that insuring 30million more Americans will be free was a joke and now the real cost of Obamacare is coming down the pike
    Hold on tho your wallets... it will only get worse
    Vince Cami

    September 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  148. Jim Blevins

    The primary cost control feature - the public option was not included in the final bill.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    September 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  149. Ted Marules

    My helath insurance rates have gone up every year for the last 20 years; that's Republican's and Democrats. Rates will continue to go up because there are too few doctors and drug companies gone wild. Small business owner in Texas.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  150. Mike in TX

    Jack
    I would like to see the question aimed at the insurance companies to find out if the payments they make to the providers will actually increase in like amounts to the premium increases the recieve. If you look at what insurance pays compared to what the providers bill it's a wonder that anyone can get care. My cardiologist won't take Medicare for just that reason. Asking if the cost of insurance will go up is like asking if the banks will find a way to increase our credit card costs.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  151. mark

    Yes health care costs will continue to rise until the whole system collapses. We have become an nation that can't accomplish the simplest things anymore due to bickering and fighting.Maybe when we're sitting in the rubble of our destroyed nation we'll wake up.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  152. mactsr

    still can't afford health care. i am still using emergency room for my
    office.

    but the good news is in 4 years i will be getting social security and medicare.

    mactsr

    montana

    September 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  153. Brett

    Yes. Health care costs will go up under any circumstance. Is it really too wonkish to menion the real point which is whether or not the rate inflation will be curbed in the long term? The CBO says despite all the politiking that watered down the legislation says yes it will.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  154. EE Wiese

    Hell no.This country is the best. Now if everyone will just do their best,we will continue to be the best. Gene

    September 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  155. Richard

    Determining the cause of the healthcare cost increase is like trying to nail jello to the wall. Much of the provisions are not in effect yet, so are the insurance companies taking advantage of us? Hard to say no. And it is very hard not to be cynical.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  156. Joe

    Rates have never stopped going up, blame the greed of the Insurance companies, they own the counrty

    September 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  157. James

    I believe my cost will go down over the next five years. The President's insurance changes are like any other medicine. They taste bad in the beginning, but they heal the sickness later. I would have rather seen the Republicans offer some ideas to stop the wealthy insurance companies from controlling everything as they have for decades.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  158. Clint

    Dear Jack,
    I know you have to sell advertising, get ratings, and all the other pressures on media to hype one ridiculous notion or another, but really...! Health care reform is a complex, long-term piece of legislation with many parts that won't come into effect for years, which you admitted. You, and others like you in the media, are guilty of fanning ignorance and impatience to sell ads. Unless and until media acts responsibly by informing people with facts that promote rational expectations, all we will have is fertile ground for anarchists, extremists, and terrorists. Give it a rest, please!

    September 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  159. Chuck

    The cost of health care would go down. Of course, the insurance companies who own the most expensive buildings in every major city across the U.S. would like you to think otherwise. And as far as what the Repubs say, the health care bill was not rammed down our throats. The health care bill is a major reason why Obama was elected.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  160. Stu

    My employer provides employ health insurance for me through HIP. This year I HAD A 35% INCREASE. 35%

    September 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  161. Wendy in So. Cal

    Get real Jack, the insurance companies have been raising rates by double digits every year, I speak from experience. Healthcare reform may not be perfect, but it is a start. If we do nothing, I worry that when my children graduate from college in 8-10 years, that they will not be able afford insurance, it will be reserved only for the very lucky and the very rich!

    September 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  162. Rick

    greetings Jack. my Mother is retired and suffers from a few neuromusclar deseases. and her retiremnt is only aout 415.00 Obama's Health Care plan has rizen her health premium to slightly higher than 500.00 a mo. starting in nov. Now Mr President and i use that term lightly as he is such a puppet and doesnt know it, how is my mother supposed to pay that and, oh, i dont know Eat, Not live in a homeless shelter etc. congress i dont care who gets elected. do the damn job WE elected you to do. Or do you all still want to be crooks. If you want revolt. you'll get it! if not pull your heads out off you asses!

    September 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  163. Jim Schroeder Jr.

    Of course they will rise, but this is nothing, but middle class bs. Complain about health care cost, but not cutting back on eating out, buying a home that is way over their head, and an automobile to match.They should just change their priorities.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  164. Linda in Arizona

    Of COURSE they will. How do you think rahm and Obama got their precious bill passed? What do you think was going on in the back rooms, behind closed doors, in secret negotiations with Billy Tauzin and the other lobbyists? Rahmobama gave away everything before the negotiations even started, and then they found some more to give them. What a total FARCE their "reform" is, and it's not just health care. It's EVERYTHING. Wall Street, the banks? Reform? HAH!

    September 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  165. Bob De Contreras

    The Obama plan will definitely drive health care costs up. Just like our experience with health care reform driven during the Clinton administration. History is repeating itself.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  166. Matt, Miami Fl

    Jack, it will rise because the system is already broken no matter what you do to it. President Obama only gave 30 million or so more customers and forced companies to take them. What he should have done was sign the United States National Health Care act and stop all the compromise bull.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  167. Peter - Hickory, NC

    I have absolutely no doubt that health care costs will rise. How could they not? We are adding 30 million people to the insurance rolls, so naturally costs for these companies will increase. For the Secretary of Health and Human Services to send letters to those companies who raise their premiums to cover the higher costs is asinine. Did the Secretary of Energy send letters to the oil companies when they raised their gas prices to cover higher oil prices? How dare a company raise its prices to cover its costs (insert sarcasm here)! Obamacare is a lead weight around this country's neck that we will never pay for, just like all of the other programs this Congress has passed. My grandchildren say thank you for the debt.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  168. Chris

    Jack I believe the answer is in the bill, haven't you read it? Oh, you haven't, well... neither has Congress.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  169. Joe Citizen - Anywhere U.S.A.

    Absolutely they will rise. The corporate executives now have nearly complete control of our health care system and every American is a guaranteed customer. The for profit health care system is now in high gear.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  170. mike Dymkowski

    When was the last time private health insurance ever went down Jack? Where have you been the last 25 years to equate rising premiums to health care reform. What was and is needed is a one payer system and cut out the middle men. The plan that passed was pushed by the GOP in '94. How about some reporting?

    September 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  171. Penelope Payne

    I expected the insurance companies to raise the price of premiums as high as they could before the health care package is totally implemented. Aren't these the same big companies that outsource every possible department so they can cut their costs...who deny claim after claim so they can show more and more profit...all the while yelling that the government is going to put them out of business? Not caring one little bit about the health of their clients!

    September 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  172. Mark Ernst

    Jack, come on didn't Anthem try to go up 30-40% last year and it turned out that there was an error?
    Error my butt, how do you spell greed.

    Now they want to blame health care reform. Health care has been going up more than 10% per year for many many years. What was the excuse then? Notice how their profits go up every year? Executive bonuses go up every year. That is what premiums go for.

    The health insurance companies want to kill reform and keep it business as usual. Now 50 million uninsured and growing. What's wrong with this picture?

    September 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  173. Jim

    Jack, You failed to mention that the administration said rates would continue to rise and that the goal was to see the rising annual cost decrease from year to year over the next 5 to 10 years. The goal outlined was to get the cost down to an increase in relation to the annual cosy of living increase as time goes by. Please present ALL the facts and do not become like FOX News.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  174. Betty---Iowa

    We have been with Blue Cross Blue Shield for 60 years. Yes I said 60 years. And we have had many , many raises . Soooooo , what else is new???
    By the way--Obama was not born 60 years ago.
    I don't know how much more we can pay. However, without health insur, we would truly be bankrupt.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  175. steve- virginia beach

    Someone has to pay for the cost-shifting due to illegal aliens who don't pay their hospital bills in addition to the unfunded mandates of Obamacare. The insurance companies not offering to absorb the cost during the Obamacare debate was a clue as to who was going to pay for it.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  176. Jeff Froehle

    Absolutely! Why even asky.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  177. Cathy Steppling

    I am hoping it will stay the same, because already we have seen some of the prices of our medicines go down. Both Brand and generic have surprisingly been reduced. Hope it continues!!!!!!

    September 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  178. Carol Neighbour

    Do I think health care costs will rise under ObamacareI Of course I do.
    The president said it would last week.
    How could we think we could cover 30 million more people and expect no raise in cost.?
    Because he said it wouldn't last year when it went through.Thats why.

    Sleeves from the vest again,nothing new from a duplicitous Chicago politican!
    Shame for us for listening to this blather.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  179. Larry

    How can costs not rise?
    Are all those doctors and everyone jumping into healthcare now, expected to work for free?
    Unlimited benefits on chronic diseases alone would probably be enough to raise insurance rates.
    Whether we pay for it in our insurance bill or our tax bill, costs will surely go up.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  180. Eileen

    NO.

    Everybody's health care costs are going to rise because of the insatiable greed of the Health Insurance Companies.

    As you mentioned, most of the benefits of Obama's Health Care Reform Bill will not take effect until 2014. So, any increases prior to 2014 will be due to increases from the insurance companies!!!!!

    We needed a public option in order to force competition within this vampire like industry to take effect immediately when the bill was passed....but that didn't happen!!!

    September 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  181. Tony, Long Island

    Jack, what year did health care premiums NOT go up?

    September 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  182. bruce derrington

    my wife & i are both 54 yrs old & cannot get in a group for health ins. we are healthy & pay 768/mo. every june it goes up around $110/mo. i think this new health care plan is going to help. we are not insuring our health as much as we are insuring our wealth. no one else has wanted to try to help me except for obama, as far as i can tell.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  183. Tom {Indiana}

    This way we need the PUBLIC OPTION This would force insurances from rising rates. No the right wing nuts kept it out and knew the insurance companies would be free to do what they want to do .

    September 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  184. Joyce Tudor

    Why blame President Obama????? The Insurance co. are to blame and the profits they make is enormous. Put the blame where it belongs. The Repubicans OWN the insurance co's.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  185. Mandy, Birmingham, AL

    I've had BC-BS in Alabama for over 20 years. Will the premiums go up this year? Of course they will. They've gone up every other year, why should this one be different?

    The only thing different this year is their excuse. They used to tell their customers that rates went up because those customers used their insurance. Now they use the healthcare bill as their excuse.

    I guess they have to bring in more money to pay their high-priced lobbyists like Dick Armey and give their CEO's their big bonuses. Tea Party Express busses don't come cheap!

    September 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  186. Ron Floyd

    No, Jack. My insurance costs have gone down, actually. Today is the last day of our COBRA coverage at $1,000 per month. We can no longer afford health insurance or even basic health care. We have joined the millions who have run out of options. So our health care has dropped by $1,000 per month. As stated before, we hope that if we get sick, we will die quickly. Problem solved.

    Ron – Oklahoma

    September 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  187. Adam

    Healthcare costs rise regardless. Was there such an outcry when auto insurance was mandated? Or does the tea party consider auto insurance optional as well? What is the difference between the two as far as constitutionality and affordability is concerned?

    TEXAS

    September 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  188. Nell, South Carolina

    Insurance companies exist to make a profit. With no control by the states and no competition, they make a huge profit. The health care bill makes it possible for all Americans to have health care, whether or not they can afford these insurance prices. That's what we do because we care about our neighbors - all of them.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  189. A. Alday

    Tax and healthcare are expected to rise while the quality of healthcare goes down. That is expected in socialist oriented approach/policy. I've lived in Europe for 6 years, I know and experienced what I am talking about!

    September 20, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  190. John Ham

    2014 a gift to the insurance companies?The entire health care bill was a gift to the insurance industry. The only way to contain and eventually reduce costs is a single payer. Get the insurance industry out of health entirely.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  191. jim

    If someone can't pay a $50,000 doctor hospital bill do you really think that cost isn't past on to you. If a doctoe has 3 patients who don't pay do you reallly believe he loses that money. If you don't believe you are already paying the cost of uninsured patients you need to see a shrink. Yes Insurance Companies will raise rates but not because they need to but just because they can.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  192. ds

    Why are people calling this joke of a reform "President Obama's healthcare law"? Is everybody's memory so short?

    September 20, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  193. Jim - Michigan

    Absolutely Jack.

    As an independent who voted for Obama, yet not blindly aligned to either party the facts speak for themselves. Cost control was doomed from the start, the democrats focused entirely on insurance companies deamonizing them to garner support. Insurance reflects only 4% of the total cost of healthcare, so who could realistically expect anything other than an increase.

    Doctors, lawyers and prescription drug companies are where the true cost lays and none of it was addressed. We demonized the insurance companies profits, yet doctors pulling in seven figure incomes was kept off the debate. Trial lawyers, a long term and deeply connected group aligned with the democrats ensured tort reform never became an option. How about the commercials that inundate our tv's with promises of getting a free hover-round wheel chair or other government free handouts?

    I was promised change, I believed in change and I gave my vote for change. What I got was elequant speaches, class warfare and the most divisive government in history. It is too late for politicians to distance themselves from what the did, come November I will correct the error I made in 2008.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  194. Dr Tom Mote

    Certainly, my health care costs will go up. . . in the sense that as a military retiree and Medicare recipient, Obama Care will reduce benefits under Medicare similar to the way that military retirees have already lost many, if not most, of the medical coverage we had been promised after so many years of active duty. Yes, I expect my health care costs to rise significantly!

    September 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  195. JIM California

    With the current administration, the cost of health care will rise. When President Barack Hussein Obama was campaigning for tor president, he was making it look like that everybody would have free health care. That is the main reason he was voted in office. I always believed he would say anything to get elected.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  196. Wamathai

    He tried to do something! isn't that something?.He is not a miracle worker just tried to do the best for his country. But ofcourse he is not trying hard enough in your eye cafferty! Third world politics in a first world! So sad!

    September 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  197. Jerry Simpson

    The rise in health care cost is just a calculated response by those insurers when threaten by the idea of the country moving forward to th eeventuality of socialized medicine. The regulators need to be held responsibile for approving these unnecessary increase by the insurers, this only proves that health insurers are so used to monopolizing the health and well being of Americans they will do whatever to deter what is good for the whole. How patriotic are these corporate monsters ......when will we all do as JFK said ...ask what we can do for our country, this means corporate America as well.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  198. BG

    Yes its possible, but my insurance goes up every year. But I care about people and I can pay a little more to help families that have no insurance.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  199. Bill G

    Health care costs will continue to rise under President Obama's plan because it makes more money available for health care. Costs will not decline until the health care industry is challenged to be affordable and to increase profits by reducing costs. Under the umbrella of health insurance, the industry can increase profits simply by increasing prices.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  200. Nell, South Carolina

    Health care will go up with or with out the health care bill. But, with the health care bill all Americans will be able to go to a doctor when they are sick. That's new.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  201. Bob Mears

    For what membership at the Country Clubs cost today, what do you think? Bob in Arizona

    September 20, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  202. Mary

    Jack , our health care already increases every year and usually follows a cost of living increase, which most people did not receive last year, but the insurance companies get theirs anyway. They, like the credit card companies, find a way to sock it to us before any government regulations kick in. This the very reason why we need government regulations. We cannot count on private business to give Americans a break even in hard economic time. This country is all about greed.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  203. Tom

    anyone who believes for even a second that ObamaCare will result in lower Health Care costs is delusional. Obama has already demonstrated, on many occasions, that what he "says" and what he "does" are consistently two different things. Remember... he said many times during his campaign that the debate over health care would be completey transparent and televised on C-Span. Didn't happen!! His administration has also demonstrated an enormous inability to manage a budget. And as for healthcare debate transparency concept, our nation's 3rd in command, Queen Nancy even said "we need to pass the bill so that you can see what's in it". Mark my words.. the cost of healthcare in this country is about to begin an ascent through the stratosphere. America was deceived!!

    September 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  204. Hugh McNeil

    I have to say that the Republicans and holdout Democrats watered it down to let the Insurance Companies have their way. I live in Canada and know what has been said about our system some even call it Communism. Well people here live longer and have better overall health than most Americans and they pay (no it isn't free like some people think but it isn't going to break the bank like in America) in Canada half as much for close to the same coverage. I know my wife is American and the Health Care Insurer keeps changing rules about every thing she does. Yes you are covered no we made a mistake that proceedure isn't covered. A doctor was billing inaccurately and the Insurance Company was notified by us so the Doctor dropped her. That is illegal in Canada but here it is just business. So pay more if you like but Government run is cheaper the crooks at the Insurance and the crooked doctors are in collusion and that will raise it not because the Government is stepping in.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  205. Greg Who? Mechanicsburg, PA

    We could have had a single payer system. We could have removed the burden of heal care from small business. We could have used our heads instead of believed Republican "death panel" lies. We could have had a spine instead of cave in to insurance lobbyists and their advertisements. Lies lies and more lies. The conservatives doled them out and Democrats laid down and took it. Shame on all of us for squandering such an opportunity. For shame, for shame, for shame.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  206. Mike S., New Orleans

    Why wouldn't health care costs rise? They've been rising steadily for decades.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  207. Oplis Sloan

    Absolutely not. You report pieces. When the Healthcare plan is fully implemented, those same people that you reported going up, will come back down. It's called competition. The Healthcare plan offers tax incentives to small businesses who provide Healthcare insurance to their employees. The Healthcare cost that go up now, will come down, as more people are insured....why???because Hospitals charge more to paying patients to make up for those who don't pay. My wife is Nurse mngr. of a local Hospital, and she has inside information on the cost, and why they go up. Lately, as more people have lost their jobs, (due to tax loop holes for businesses going overseas under Bush) and their healthcare insurance, their cost have to be covered. Every single news anchor, and commentator knows this, but telling the whole story, might work against your guy...right???

    September 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  208. John c

    The health care bill was designed to increase cost and lower the quality and availability of health care which will make a public option desirable to the masses. It's a pathway to Obama's ultimate goal, which he said would take a number of years, and this bill was step one. Can you say SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE?!?!?!

    Not to mention the feds get more of your money if you don't follow the mandate by getting fined, taxed or what ever they want to call it depending on whether it is politically or legally advantageous for themselves.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  209. nomobama

    Obama just passed this legislation as a way to save his own butt and to try to save face - to say that he's accomplished something. My company's health insurance premiums rose so much a couple months ago when our policy had to be renewed that we were forced to make the difficult choice of modifying our plan to the point that all our employees get now are a basic annual checkup. Any costs beyond that are borne 100% by the employees up to $4,000. So, yes, my health insurance premiums have gone up, and my actual out-of-pocket expenses will undoubtedly rise if I need to visit the doctor for anything beyond a basic annual physical.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  210. Randy

    No. It will rise because cnn, fox, nbc, cbs, and abc sold the american people out to get the ever-flowing Rx drug commercials during the healthcare debate. And now the MSM is acting as if they had no part in gutting the bill for their benefactors.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  211. Mark, Oklahoma City

    What do you mean "Will it rise?" Mine already has. I have to drop my current carrier at the end of the year and take a less expensive Health plan in January, with fewer benefits. Thanks, Obamacare.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  212. Dr Loren Brown

    Our group policy goes up every year, 24% this year. The real problem is that even without Obama's reforms, healthcare costs are rocketing through the roof. The only solution is major healthcare reform. So YES, it will go up under Obama's plan, and under any other plan that does not dramatically alter the direction of American healthcare.
    Many levels of reform are needed, but it has to start somewhere.
    By the way, I look forward to getting Medicare, it's benefits are approved national standards in care, and not just at the whim of any insurance reviewer. Dr Loren Brown, Iowa

    September 20, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  213. Joseph Mitlyng

    Health insurance costs will continue to rise. The health insurers successfully avoided both a competitive public option and a federal rate review as part of health care reform. They will continue to get what the market will bear. There is no control over health insuance rates in the health care reform bill.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  214. frankie

    Guess what, people were getting their rates jacked up 30% some years during Bush's term, you can't blame any President for this. It should demonstrate to you that health insurance companies are in it for the money and will never fix things themselves, which is why we desperately need health care reform. If the wealthy have to subsidize more and more Medicaide and free emergency room visits, they are going to start calling that "socialism" and tell the insurance companies to behave.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  215. KDS Irvine, CA

    Jack,
    I would not be surprised if my health care costs go up due to the presidents health care reform bill. And you know even thought a lot of people don't have health care, they are spending their money on luxury items because they know the Democrats will take care of them no matter what. In other words, there is NOT a health care problem in this country. There is however a rising thought of "I can do whatever because the government will take care of me"

    September 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  216. Bob in Texas

    Jack, health care costs are going to rise and it has little to do with Obamacare. The health insurance industry enjoys an oligopoly where they are essentially exempt from anti trust laws and are virtually guaranteed profits regardless of what happens with health care costs. Moreover, the health care industry and the insurance enjoy a symbiotic relationship. The fact of the matter is, when health care costs go up, insurance companies make more, not less, profit.

    Obamacare scares hell out of the insurance industry, so it becomes the target for the blame for the rate hikes.

    It's all a screwed up mess. Blame the lunatics on the extreme right and the extreme left.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  217. Pete from Tarrytown

    The cost of my health care (premiums and co-pays) has steadily increased over the past 40 years. When it didn't increase I lost some portion of coverage.

    Without single payer our health care costs will be decided by the insurance companies and big-pharma.

    Insurance companies and big-pharma are in business to make money. No laws passed by congress will inhibit it.

    So, to answer your question. Yes, I believe my health care costs will increase despite the new laws.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  218. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This is like the price of gold being at an all time high before it drops. Insurers are raising their prices for profit knowing healthcare reform will put them at risk and they won't have any bargaining power.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  219. steve- virginia beach

    Jack, did you ever notice that those who said that Obamacare would result in costs going down never explained in any detail how they would decrease? And that those who chant about excessive insurance company profits never specified the profit margin they're referring to (2 to 3.5%)? Folks who think that healthcare costs wouldn't rise due to Obamacare are probably saving to start a unicorn farm on the cheap swampland they bought from a telemarketer at a 1% interest rate.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  220. steve voigt

    I think health care costs will go up because they always go up. I think your question/results would have more meaning had you asked: Do you think health care costs will go up more under President Obama's plan than they would have otherwise? If that was the question I would have answered no. Personally I trust the government more than I trust the insurance companies regarding health care. They have violated the public's trust.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  221. J. R. Ramseur

    Jack,
    Health Insurance providers have raised their rates by 50% (+) since 2004. 2010's projected 9% rate rise is not because of the ObamaCare proposal. The raise is to cover cost of indigent care by hospitals and special medical procedures. Remember the statement by "W" that 'healthcare for the indigent is covered through the ER. For this freeby, the average healthcare consumer pays and pays.

    Now I'm asking why pundants are not calling out healthcare insurance and providers about acting like a quiet cartell, fixing prices.

    Thanx,
    JRR

    September 20, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  222. djh-TEXAS

    You have got to be kidding. My Medicare Supplemental Insurance has already gone up under Obama and the ObamaCare bill hasn’t even gone into effect yet.

    I shudder to think what it is going to do if the Republicans don't put a stop to it.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  223. CCB in MO

    No. Health care costs were going to go out the roof no matter what. The whole health care industry from the providers to the insurance companies to the drug companies is rife with greed.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  224. Sylvia

    I totally agree with Leslie above who said she used to like you Jack but you have become intolerable as has CNN with your lack of good information instead of stupid provocative questions. Inform the public about the truth of the healthcare reform, but of course as a big "corporation" you are in bed with the insurance companies so want to spread lies.
    I hope allot of watchers saw Bill Maher last week who always says the truth and is not contolled by the rich corporations. Are you one of those Jack who might be racist? Do you think Obama is a Muslim? Yes he is treated like a dog and I wonder why? One can't help but wonder what is behind some of your stupid questions! (And I am white-blue-eyed). I am appalled at how pro-republican CNN has become. I go to the BCC for most news coverage now and by accident happened to hear your question today as I was about to change channels. Shape up CNN!

    September 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  225. Ralph`

    The bill costs 10B a year.... who is going to pay for it? Of course costs are going up..... what a stupid question.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  226. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Healthcare costs are high because diagnostic technology is increasingly expensive, costs for research and development of new pharmaceuticals has no limit, hospitals' capital improvements keep expanding and salaries for medical professionals is the highest in the world. That's not Obama's fault and is not affected by his healthcare initiative.

    What will rise uncontrolably is health insurance deductibles set by corporate robber barons (Republicans no doubt) dedicated only to their stockholders.

    Obama may make health insurance available to all Americans but the annual deductibles will probably make outpatient healthcare unaffordable for the poor all over again.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  227. Kim, Dodge City, KS.

    Health care costs have so little to do with who is President, and everything to do with anemic regulations, a weak-willed Congress and lobbyists with no morals. So yeah, it's going to go up.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  228. Ken LeBert LaGrange, Tx.

    They already have. Co-pay doubled, and emergency room visits went from $25 to $350 .
    And this is before he adds 20 million illegal aliens to the gravey train.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  229. Regina

    No, I do not believe it will. The republicans streamlined it so much that it is not the package Obama fully wanted, but I do believe we will slowly start seing the benefits.
    If we don't , I blame the republicans for stripping it to its final form. One day we will learn, but as I see the Tea party , perhaps NOT.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  230. aliousalam Florida

    Are you kidding me? I am in an insurance nightmare.
    Thank God President Obama would spare other Americans the same fate my family is in.

    If insurance didn't deny me insurance back then, my life would have been a different one today. Unfortunately, the insurance reform came a little late for my family..

    September 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  231. Arlene

    Yes, costs will rise. Here's the problem-the middleman. Once upon a time, you paid the doctor, you bought your prescriptions, and you carried health insurance only for major medical expenses. Now the insurance companies are getting a piece of all the action. When there's a middleman, the two people trying to do business with each other always lose.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  232. katharine

    I think INSURANCE PREMIUMS are going up and insurance company executives have disgustingly high salaries, but I think that over the long term it will be helpful that those un insured,who under old heathcare law would have received expensive ER visits and hospital stays for free now must have insurance coverage.Their care will be payed for. I also think that many factors that existed before health care reform was passed are responsible for the cost increases that won't go away quickly. This is a very complicated issue and frankly I feel like the 24 hour news networks don't teach me or anyone else anything about it all I hear is the same talking point over and over without any in depth analysis. All Im going to hear is health care costs are going up ergo health care reform is bad and the self satisfied pundits have nothing to say to educate america and make it better. I WANT TO BE EDUCATED.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  233. aliousalam Florida

    Wolf,

    Just the certainty of knowing that you will have insurance no matter what has no price. The fear of not knowing left me not just with the problem my family faced and still faces, but it also added high blood presure to the mix

    September 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  234. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Health care cost increases have nothing to do with President Obama's new law. Small business health insurance costs have been going up 15 to 20 percent per year well before he was elected. This is all about the collusion of the entire health provider industry which has the power to set prices, buy Beemers, trophy wives, McMansions...all because they can legally charge people who are sick an amount equal to what it costs to maintain their lifestyles.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  235. Yvonne

    As an owner of a small business with my husband, our health care has increased year after year. So much so, that we have had to change plans every year including not including prescription. At one point, for my husband and myself and our two sons, we were paying over $2,000. a month. That's when we decided to forgo the prescription plan which was over $200/month. Also, our son turned 23, still in college and was dropped; however, our premium was the same. Just in the later years, my husband decided to go with a HSA account and again no prescription plan. We are very lucky because we are healthy and have not had any major health issues. So this is not new news to us.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  236. Not fooled

    If the Republicans spend time and money to repeal this law will it stop your payments from rising? I think not. So isn't it better to at least get the benefits if it will rise anyway?

    September 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  237. BryanWolf Fort Mohave, AZ.

    Health care cost will always rise as long as it is a "for profit" meat market. If they can justify it by blaming on some one or thing great. If they can't blame on some one great. What are we going to do about it. Reform? ha. ha. I'm sure if the hospitals could move over seas they would. Profit, Profit, Profit. Their figures of profit probably reflect in the false claim America is out of recession. The Rich are, the government is not, the middle class is not. Now we know who makes the rules and really runs the country.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  238. Jay Henderson

    When my wife lost her job earlier this year, we also lost our health insurance, dental insurance, and optical. Ofcourse, now we're on COBRA at a higher cost, but with no dental or optical. It makes no sense. Costs are skyrocketing.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  239. Ed in Morganton NC

    Will health care cost rise under Obama care, Does Charlie Daniels play a mean fiddle?

    September 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  240. Ralph Spyer

    Blue Cross is building a two million health club in their Chicago headquarters. They just added twenth floors on top of their down-town building.They are a insurance own by the AMA.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  241. Allen in Hartwell GA

    It appears that most people have the right idea – the insurance companies are ripping us off. They are paying the middle-man health companies anything asked because it isn't coming out of their pocket. They don't really care what hospitals charge, because it isn't coming out of their pockets.
    Everyone's getting fat except the patient and the poor doctors and nurses who really care about the people walking in through the doors.
    Allen
    Hartwell GA

    September 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm |