October 13th, 2009
04:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Pushback grows against insurance industry report

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - They're angry and fighting back with full force.

The White House, Democrats and health care experts are blasting a new insurance industry trade report that finds that health insurance premiums for the typical American family would increase by $4,000 by 2019 under a key Senate overhaul plan.

The analysis by America's Health Insurance Plans indicates that under the Senate Finance Committee plan - spearheaded by Democratic Chairman Max Baucus - the costs of private health insurance would rise by 111 percent over the next decade.

Under the current system, costs would rise by 79 percent, the report said, and premiums for individuals could rise by an extra $1,500 if the Baucus plan is implemented. The report was conducted by the firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The committee passed the long-awaited $829 billion health care bill by a 14-9 vote Tuesday.

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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. J Williams

    Anyone that takes the side of multimillionaire insurance execs over a parent and childs inability to afford healthcare has no soul.

    October 13, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. single mom

    Hey, Dems, why wouldn't you let the Republicans introduce their plan? Afraid of something? Like competition and free choice?

    October 13, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Deb

    The Insurance companies are the doctors. My doctor has to check with them just to order test for me. I always hear my doctor say let me check with your insurance company.

    October 13, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Jay T.

    Why? They provided you with the necessary data to prove the need for a public option.

    October 13, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. vik

    Signs that we are nearer than ever...

    October 13, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Obama Victim

    Price Waterhouse is a distinguished audit firm. Works with many huge corporations and the government. You might not like the results...but these folks know hwt they are doing...does Obozo??

    October 13, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Michael

    Well, the report is exaggerated. But, if they are going to pass a requirement that everyone have health insurance and not have a public option, then billions of dollars of subsidies will go to private insurance companies. They can regulate rates, but would you trust senators who takes big $$ from insurance companies to regulate rates? Har har.

    October 13, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Healthcare Reform should include:

    1. Public Option
    2. Stop the denial of pre-existing conditions
    3. Get rid of monetary caps on benefits
    4. Tax breaks for small businesses with under 100 employees

    Simple and plain

    October 13, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Translation: "If you pass this bill, any bill or particularly one with a public option, we are going to jack up our premiums as punishment."

    October 13, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |

    Of course it will. Anyone who thinks this legislation is going to reduce costs and increase care is delusional.

    October 13, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Perusing-through


    Now the American people will forever associate PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS with the greedy health insurance industry; the same industry that has been fighting health reform for millions of Americans for the past 60-years.

    October 13, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their foolishness.

    If you don't do something with insurance companies and I mean, Health, car, and house they are going to break the nation. I realize most of you rich people have your money vested in the insurance companies. But we poor people are tired of making you richer and risher. SO I SAY DO NO, LISTEN DO NOT IN THE FUTURE VOTE FOR AN INCUMBERENT NO MATTER WHAT PARTY HE BELONGS TO. Clean out hte White House, Senators, Congress, House of Representatives now.

    October 13, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. That Other Jerry

    Only the willfully blind and ignorant could fail to see the suspicious timing of this so-called "report." The insurance industry has obviously been pretending all along to be on board with health care reform, while amassing their "evidence" to be released in conjunction with major votes. Their pathetically transparent strategy–"We're in favor of reform; just not this particular reform bill"–no matter what "this" particular reform bill happens to be. Congress may as well suck it up and pass a real heath care reform package with universal coverage, public option, the whole works, because no matter how much they water it down, it will never satisfy Big Med. It's time for Congress to serve the people, not the lobbyists.

    October 13, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. stevegee

    The fact that the Baucus healthcare bill passed committee is a testament to the sad reality that the Democrat-led Congress - and much of Washington for that matter - no longer respects or adheres to the founding principles of this great republic...

    “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.”
    –Thomas Jefferson

    “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
    - Benjamin Franklin

    I agree we need healthcare reform, but real reform, not more bureaucracy and taxes. The American people do not want this bill. We want the freedom and liberty to take care of ourselves.

    October 13, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. Reformed Republican

    Even PwC admits that this "report" was fabricated up specifically for the rethuglicons using their "criteria".

    If you believe this ginned up "report" is at all factual and wihout partisan bias then you are one of those ditto-heads that believe Rushblow is not doing it for the money, Beck-er head is completely rational and that the quitter Failin' Palin is an intellectual powerhouse...

    October 13, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. gt

    what a mess,,,, government aganist free interprise,,, trial lawyers fight aganist tort reform,,,,its all about me,,,,,this is the biggest mess..- this is not about reform ,, this is about what interst gruops give the most money to there party who will protect there interests.. sad very sad,,,,ugh...

    October 13, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. scott from michigan

    We are letting the insurance companies and the politicians that they have bought continue to distracts us from the real issue, Americans dying every day because they can not afford medical insurance. This issue is about us, you and me, the American citizens, it's our family members and friends who will lose their lives because some insurance company board of directors decides are fates and have been doing so since Nixon first proposed managed health care, that's right, check your history. Are we so ignorant not to see what is being done to the American People?? We are being denied the constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Is anyone out there really aware of this???

    October 13, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Disabled Texan

    THANK YOU....raised taxes????

    October 13, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. quarterback

    The "health insurance industry" is no better than the tobacco companies. Same intended results: Make money. Make people go away.

    October 13, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Enough

    Pay attention Democrats, we don't need anymore of your fuzzy math projections that are always billions off what you predict it will cost us. Guess that's just your smoke screen to cram it through.

    October 13, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Justwaitnsee

    They are probably telling the truth about the rising cost. Because many will not get insurance whether the gov requires it or not, the cost to the working people who now have insurance will rise to cover the freeloaders that don't. Just like the welfare system we have now that is sucking the taxpayers dry. Take from the productive to support the crackheads and make it profitable for them to have more babies to vote for more liberals. One of these days the well will run dry as we will have more leechs than taxpayers to sustain them.

    October 13, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. yuri

    Evidently, there is no dearth of greed and avarice in the world, and insurance industry is no exception. It appears that their CEOs must be hell-bent on keepin' their millions unscathed, simply, by jackin' up the premiums in their own nefarious and wicked ways.

    October 13, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. Centrist

    This insurance report threatened to raise our rates again, which provides proof certain that health-care reforms need a public option supported by the majority of Americans.

    The public option (possibly a trigger) is the best way to instill our health security by regulating these insurance companies competitively and extending more afforable coverage.

    October 13, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Health Insurers - The Republican PiggyBankers

    It will increase by that amount and more, absolutely guaranteed, without a public option to hold the buggers in check.

    October 13, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Ros-shlong Evans

    Regulate insurance companies charges...that is the only way to stop this madness.

    October 13, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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