Fact Check: 30 million people will lose their employer health insurance under Obamacare
September 27th, 2013
09:33 PM ET
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Fact Check: 30 million people will lose their employer health insurance under Obamacare

Millions of people will lose their employer based health insurance under Obamacare:

During an appearance on CNN, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) made the following claim to Wolf Blitzer: “We know now the estimates from the government that about 30 million people are going to be cut off their employer health insurance because of Obamacare.”

The facts
We asked Ms. Bachmann’s office for clarification after her appearance. Her office sent us a link to this story in The Hill newspaper.

The story, which is more than a year old, cites a Congressional Budget Office study that estimates that as many as 20 million workers could lose their employer-based health insurance by 2019 because of Obamacare. But, the study goes on to say that this is the worst case scenario the CBO has looked at, and that it is equally possible that the number of people on company-based plans might increase by 3 million over that time period because of the new health care law.

A more recent study by the Stanford School of Medicine and published this week estimate that 37 million people may dump their employer-based coverage and buy insurance on the Obamacare exchanges because they could get a better deal.

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  1. Pk dusterm

    The tea party should have putin as there president

    September 28, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. bobo

    Nobody is getting a better Deal.... We are screwed!

    September 28, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. kenneypco

    First of all I think everyone should recognize that when Mrs. Bachmann's office for clarification on her policy position she basis her opinion NOT from anything that the people of Minnesota are telling her but on some media outlet from inside the beltway (the establishment). Then she goes on to state that "WE NOW KNOW" that the government knows that they can guess that 30 million people will lose healthcare coverage. But a more true statement would be that the government now knows they can guess that either 30 million people will loose healthcare coverage OR 3 Million people will GAIN healthcare coverage because of Obamacare.

    If you ask her office to clarify her position nuclear arms she might refer you to some Russian newspaper article that bases it finding from some study done by Halliburton.

    Thanks to our current media outlets there are plenty of people who still believe that the affordable healthcare bill wasn't available to be read until after it was signed into law, even though I personally went to the congress.gov website and downloaded a copy of the bill BEFORE it had been signed into law. Thanks to our current media outlets there are plenty of people who think that the affordable healthcare law has made premiums go up even though the exchanges (that offer affordable healthcare coverage) has NOT even started until next Tuesday (Oct 1st).

    When are people going to wake up and realize that they are being mislead by huge for-profit news media outlets? Our politicians both Republicans and Democrats are lying to us about what is going on. They fight hard for the interests of large corporations and against the best interests of the hard working middle class families of America. The GOP is the party of NO. I'm still waiting for an alternative affordable healthcare plan from those opposed to Obama's affordable healthcare plan. If one exists it should be offered up along side the demand to defund or revoke the Obamacare plan. Then the GOP could switch from being the party of NO to the party of alternative ideas. What a concept.

    September 28, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Dude in Colorado

    Why are we even paying attention to a word Bachman says? Really it is uncool – she's such an easy target, and the longer we pay her any heed the longer we'll be enabling her delusion of relevance.

    September 28, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. momma G

    Enough is enough!!! calling all american women who believe their rights are being targeted... let the GOP know where u stand on religious nutcases!! restricting right to choose and then CUT food/LIFE support for struggling families just trying to survive!!! Answer back with NO GOP vote in 2014 AND FOREVER!!! VOTE straight DEM ticket maybe that will get their attention and help families working 2-5 jobs just to pay basic bills... who has $ for insurance of any kind no matter what savings may be!!!

    September 28, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. gurl1977

    I'm one of them!! We got word that as of Jan 1st our employer won't provide medical NOR dental or vision anymore. i didnt care about obamacare until this week....i thought it wasn't going to affect me since i'm insured..boy was i wrong! I'm just gonna pay the fine and not be insured!

    September 28, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. barryinlasvegas

    They are going to think better deal when they find out the deductible is $5000 before any insurance kicks in. That means they have to add $500 to whatever their monthly premium is because that is the true cost of Obamacare insurance.

    September 28, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. Larry in Houston

    Big Business is going to put the squeeze on Obama, and they are willing to cut their nose, to spite their face. They don't care, and they are willing to lose thousands, or hundred of thousands, or if it's Millions, they don't care, they will take a Total Loss, just to see the end of any type of health care for ordinary americans, I guess. ( they hate the ACA so much, they will lay their workers off, or some are willing to go out of business) pitiful, isn't it ??

    September 29, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. dnokc

    Larry in Houston- It's simply business. The company knows they can save money by paying their fine. When the employee complains...the company will say to thank Mr. Obama.

    September 29, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. Dan Jones

    Obamacare has brought about many changes in the world of health care. While the cost of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be high, there are some new ways to obtain low cost health insurance that is comprehensive and will protect against enormous out of pocket expenses.
    Dan Jones

    September 30, 2013 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
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