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February 25, 2014

Obama Lie #? (so many-lost count) - 'Businesses will NOT suffer under health reform'. Fact - Obamacare WILL RAISE PREMIUMS for 2/3 of small businesses!

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Obamacare lies just keep on racking up ... so many it's hard to keep track.

From the White House Website, there's this claim:

"Health insurance reform lowers costs for American businesses - especially small businesses - who are struggling to remain profitable and competitive under the status quo."
However, it's a faulty claim ... and yet it's still up on the site - and the WH has the gall to "debunk" the truth:

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As though the now-debunked (by CMS) 'debunk' (outright lie) wasn't big enough already, add the fact that in 2009 Obama promised small businesses that their premium costs 'would go down' under Obamacare:

This debunking of Obama's lie and that of his website occurred today after it was reported that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has determined that premiums for 2/3 of the nations' small businesses will increase under Obamacare.

Republicans are seizing on a new report in which the Obama administration itself concludes that the President's signature health care law would raise premiums for roughly two-thirds of small companies.

But Democrats point out that Republicans designed and ordered the report, which they say ignores billions of dollars in subsidies that will decrease those premiums.

The report about small business health costs is required by the 2011 Budget and Control Act and came from the Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.

CMS released the report on Friday with little fanfare. Neither the HHS website nor the CMS website shows a news release or public notice about the report.

Republicans, on the other hand, wasted no time publicizing their reactions Monday.

"BREAKING: Obama administration says 11 million will pay higher premiums for their health care," read a tweet from House Speaker John Boehner's Twitter account.

"This time, the evidence comes from the Administration itself," wrote Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-highest-ranking Republican in the House. "After all of the President's promises to lower health care costs ... this is just more evidence of his failure to do so."

More here ... naturally the Democrats are firing back, arguing that the GOP is taking the information far out of context.

As Emily Hulsey points out over at IJR, the figures reported by CMS are just an estimate and could be influenced by these factors:

  • Small businesses that renewed their policies in 2013 will not be affected as soon as those that did not, because doing so allowed them to avoid the premium increases that took place on January 1.
  • The report focuses on three specific aspects of the Affordable Care Act, while employers' insurance decisions will also be influenced by other factors that are unique to their and their employees' situations.

However, as Hulsey goes on to note, the report is nonetheless yet another blow to Obamacare's proponents, who claimed over and over that it would lower the cost of health insurance for the majority of Americans.

Posted by Hyscience at February 25, 2014 4:10 PM



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