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Friday, November 1, 2013

Obamacare’s sticker shock -- By Christopher Harper, The Washington Times

As many journalists focused on the technical problems of HealthCare.gov, the website for signing up for the Affordable Care Act, few looked at a much more serious problem — the actual cost of Obamacare for individuals and families.

I had resisted the tendency to test the system, but cheery emails and updates sent to me from aides to Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, got me curious about what was behind the curtain.

A few anecdotal stories popped up about higher premiums like The Daily Beast’s David Frum harrumphing about having to pay $200 more a month with a significantly higher deductible.

President Obama said families would save an average of $2,500 a year, but that certainly would not apply to me if I had to buy my current insurance coverage under the new program. The plan for my wife, my daughter and me, which costs $4,604.52 a year through Temple University, would run an estimated $14,472.72. That’s an increase of nearly $10,000 a year, or more than 200 percent.

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