NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Arizona will be hit the hardest when Obamacare premiums go up next year.

The Department of Health and Human Services revealed Monday that premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, and that about 1 in 5 consumers will have plans only from a single insurer to pick from, after major national carriers such as UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Aetna scaled back their roles.

However, in Arizona, unsubsidized premiums for a hypothetical 27-year-old buying a benchmark “second-lowest cost silver plan” will jump by 116 percent, from $196 to $422, according to the administration report.

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But HHS said if that hypothetical consumer has a fairly modest income, making $25,000 a year, the subsidies would cover $280 of the new premium, and the consumer would pay $142. Caveat: if the consumer is making $30,000 or $40,000, his or her subsidy would be significantly lower.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called the Affordable Care Act a “failure.”

“Arizona families are demanding affordability, accessibility and choice when it comes to their health care – not the expensive, restrictive and poor quality care that has been forced upon them by Obamacare,” McCain said in a statement. “Until President Obama and Congressional Democrats wake up to the law’s failure, and until we repeal and replace it with solutions that encourage competition and put patients back in charge, the Washington-knows-best approach will continue to unfairly burden the Arizona families it was supposed to help.”

Obama administration officials are stressing that subsidies provided under the law, which are designed to rise alongside premiums, will insulate most customers from sticker shock. They add that consumers who are willing to switch to cheaper plans will still be able to find bargains.

“Headline rates are generally rising faster than in previous years,” acknowledged HHS spokesman Kevin Griffis. But he added that for most consumers, “headline rates are not what they pay.”

The vast majority of the more than 10 million customers who purchase through HealthCare.gov and its state-run counterparts do receive generous financial assistance. “Enrollment is concentrated among very low-income individuals who receive significant government subsidies to reduce premiums and cost-sharing,” said Caroline Pearson of the consulting firm Avalere Health

But an estimated 5 million to 7 million people are either not eligible for the income-based assistance, or they buy individual policies outside of the health law’s markets, where the subsidies are not available. The administration is urging the latter group to check out HealthCare.gov. The spike in premiums generally does not affect the employer-provided plans that cover most workers and their families.

Republicans, including Donald Trump, are united in calling for complete repeal, but they have not spelled out how they would address the problems of the uninsured.

Hillary Clinton has proposed an array of fixes, including sweetening the law’s subsidies and allowing more people to qualify for financial assistance.

The law makes carrying health insurance a legal obligation for most people, and prohibits insurers from turning away the sick. It offers subsidized private plans to people who don’t have coverage through their jobs, along with a state option to expand Medicaid for low-income people.

Largely as a result, the nation’s uninsured rate has dropped below 9 percent, a historically low level. More than 21 million people have gained coverage since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.

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Comments (83)
  1. Cody Mills says:

    Okay, so 20 million are “now insured”… while who-knows-how-many more millions, those who “make too much”, and their families, including myself, are egregiously hurt by having to support said 20 million.

    What the actual f*ck is going through these politicians’ heads? /end asinine rhetorical question

  2. John C says:

    And Hillary will only make it worse. Remember it was Hillary care before it was Obama care. They have screwed the American people out of their healthcare and continue to make it even more expensive. If she gets in she’ll screw the economy up even more too.

  3. TC1994 says:

    You guys better go out there and vote for Trump and get others to vote- The system needs to go down in flames- Whether you believe Trump or not, he cant be worse than Hillary

  4. Joe Campbell says:

    The cost of obama care should buy lots of votes for Trump!

  5. And if you like your doctor, you can keep him. Oba-Mao care failing because it was intended to fail. Welcome to single payer health care…coming soon!

  6. another amazing liberal triumph

  7. boll says:

    Nd lets remember not only did the taxes start 4 years in advance of this mess BUT bath house barry added BILLIONS to them illegally.. SO dems how do you get out of this one??????/

  8. Emm Are Kay says:

    Bwahahahahhaha…stupid Leftists. Everything you touch turns to *hit. Vote for Hildabeast…you will get exactly what you deserve.

  9. Daniel Petry says:

    Ah Fedcoats you gotta love ’em. They are so very cuddly and warm. And they really do know best what is good for us.

  10. teapartydoc says:

    Lower health care prices. Three ways. 1. Complete government takeover with rationing. 2. Voluntary government system with rationing in tandem with private system that is not regulated by government. 3. Elimination of government licensing in all aspects of health care.

  11. Burke Murphy says:

    I wonder if it’s so high because of all the immigrant takers in AZ?

  12. SantaFeSteve says:

    Fiddling with insurance does not change the cost of providing healthcare. Apparently Americans do not understand that what you pay and what something costs are not always related. So if a plan covers more people who have more health issues the per insured cost will increase. It might be the correct thing to do but to call it “affordable” is misleading and for those who bought into it on the basis that it would be affordable embarrassing that Americans are that stupid.

    But they are.

    MRI’s do not grow on trees.

    Doctors and nursers do not work for free.

    So government is not able to change the cost of healthcare just who pays for it.

    You can manipulate the way people pay for insurance but if a doctor has to rent an office the lessor does not care. If the Hospital needs to have lighting, the power utility does not care. So government can not easily control the cost of health care except by restricting access and establishing expiration dates beyond which people only receive palliative care.

    75 years is enough so providing health care to elders is very expensive and will be reduced.

  13. Hillary Mendax says:

    And you liars in the media — especially pollster RealClearPolitics — declare Arizona as a TOSSUP state??? After this???

  14. PETER913 says:

    And I hear there are idiots in AZ who are voting for Hillary. They must be nuts?

  15. True and Correct says:

    haha, CBS STILL SUPPORTS HILLARY AND THINKS UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE IS THE ANSWER. THE DEMOCRATS AND MSM WANT TO ELIMINATE THE ENTIRE MIDDLE CLASS AND BE LEFT WITH THE ELITES AND THE ILLEGAL ALIENS TO WHOM THE MIDDLE CLASS WILL SUPPORT UNTIL THEY HAVE NOTHING LEFT TO GIVE.

  16. True and Correct says:

    VOTE FOR TRUMP AND SEND HILLARY AND HUSSEIN OBAMA TO JAIL WHERE THEY BELONG !!!. WITH PELOSI, REID, SILBELIUS, GRUBER, SCHUMER AND EVERY DEMOCRAT WHO VOTED FOR THIS DISASTER MONSTROSITY.
    …..and this is Hussein’s great legacy….along with giving Iran everything and more and opening the borders and letting all the terrorists free from gizmo.
    Yeah, vote for more of this with Hillary. Idiots !!!

  17. True and Correct says:

    How can ANYONE vote for even 1 of these democrats ? Everyone in the video should be hauled off to jail.
    Do the voters of this country understand NOT 1 REPUBLICAN VOTED FOR THIS FRAUD PERPETRATED ON THIS COUNTRY BT HUSSEIN/OBAMA, HILLARY, REID, PIGLOSI, AND EVERY LIBERAL DUMBOCRAT ?
    How can 1 person voted for these liars and cheats and criminals !!!

  18. True to form, those who embrace Liberal Democrat (but I repeat myself) Socialist policies are those who are the least likely to actually have to pay taxes to support them. The takers already outnumber the taxpayers and the latter population declines every day.

  19. Just more evidence that we live in a culture of corruption.

  20. dt60093 says:

    It could be worse. The VA could become our single payer national health service.

  21. Jarizona says:

    I live in AZ and know so many people voting for trump. I don;t see how hildabeast is polling ahead. Maybe it’s all of the CA transplants fleeing their blue state. Then, these same people are stupid enough to vote blue in AZ and expect different results.

  22. mikey1109 says:

    I just saw an article that says Arizona is going for trump. I can’t help but wonder if this has something to do with Obamacare and the huge increases that are coming down the road. I know I’m getting tired of Obamacare and all of the far-left liberal policies this Administration is implementing. I hope Trump wins too because I have had enough of liberals and their lousy policies to last me the rest of my life.

  23. dlethe says:

    I have NO sympathy for the people on Obamacare. Most of them voted for Obama. They were ALL warned over and over again by republicans, and they didn’t listen.

    Tough shyt, as they say.

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