ON-Lion Letter
Health-care rates could increase by as much as 102% in Wisconsin under Obamacare, according to analyses done by the MacIver Institute in October.

MacIver released data that showed the average health-care premiums for three different groups -- a 27-year-old, a 50-year-old, and a family of four.  It then compared the rates to what these same groups can find on the current private-sector market.

Current insurance rates are available through eHealth, a website that allows individuals to search for health insurance from a variety of insurers all in one place.  MacIver calculated the average rates available in each group and compared them to data available on the HealthCare.gov website.

The analysis shows that rates will spike, especially for young individuals in Wisconsin.  A 27-year-old in Brown County will see rates more than double beginning in 2014.  That same age group will see rates increase 93.6% in Madison, 91.2% in Milwaukee, and 72.6% in Eau Claire.

Fifty-year-olds will have higher premiums on the exchange than 27-year-olds, but they will not see as big a change from what they currently pay.  A 50-year-old individual will see rates increase 54.4% in Green Bay, 50.0% in Milwaukee, 48.4% in Madison, and 36.5% in Eau Claire.

Families, like younger individuals, will also see spikes that approach triple digits.  A family of four in Brown County will see the largest increase, at 97.2%.  That same group in Dane and Milwaukee Counties will see increases just less than 90%, while Eau Claire is the lowest at 69.8%.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the MacIver Institute.
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