According to reports, Marilyn Tavenner, the woman who ran Obamacare during her tenure as the administrator for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, claimed that health care customers could be in for a huge sticker shock come 2017. Tavenner played a pivotal role in implementing the failed program.
“I’ve been asked, what are the premiums going to look like,” Tavenner, who now works as a spokeswoman for insurers, claimed during an interview. “I don’t know, because it also varies by state, market, even within markets.”
“But I think the overall trend is going to be higher than we saw previous years,” she added. “That’s my big prediction.”
Since it first launched in 2013, Obamacare has relentlessly caused premiums, co-payments and deductibles to skyrocket. Of course, that is contrary to President Obama’s promises that the law would reduce health care costs for Americans everywhere.
As a result, many Americans are dropping out of the program altogether. They are instead opting for more affordable options that are less comprehensive than Obamacare alternatives.
Tavenner cites many reasons for the rates rising, including restrictions preventing insurers from denying coverage to anyone with a pre-existing condition.
“The problem with the exchanges…is people are still kind of seeing this as, ‘I use insurance when I’m sick, but I may not need it when I’m no longer sick,’” Tavenner commented. “So they tend to churn. And that churn increases premiums. So you have to kind of price over that.”
Of course, despite all evidence to the contrary, President Obama continues to claim that his program is a blessing to Americans everywhere. It doesn’t look good for him when the woman who used to run the program is citing it as a failure.