Health Care Costs Continue to Skyrocket

Think Progress (emphasis added):

According to a new report from consulting firm Milliman Inc., the average family with health insurance now pays more than $9,000 in payroll deductions and out-of-pocket bills, which is more than they typically spend on groceries and gas for an entire year.

The firm estimates that a typical family of four with an employer-sponsored health plan will end up incurring about $22,030 for all of their medical costs in 2013. That represents a 6.3 percent increase from last year, when the typical family racked up $20,728.

…Since 2003, workers in every single state have had to increase their contributions to their family health plans by nearly 75 percent. At the same time, workers’ wages have stagnated. As struggling Americans aren’t able to afford the treatment they need, they’re putting off doctor’s visits and skipping out on their medication.

Too bad the so-called Affordable Care Act took the place of actual health care reform. We needed an expansion of Medicare, and all we got was the right-wing individual private insurance mandate without any cost controls (such as a public option).

UPDATE: How California Is Debunking The GOP’s Obamacare Talking Points

Opening bids from insurers in California and Oregon exchanges promise to lower rates. Could be good news. Enrollment in the exchanges is still five months away.

  1. #1 by brewski on May 23, 2013 - 9:10 am

    What?!?! You mean we aren’t all getting a $2,500 reduction in our premiums? Are you saying we were lied to? You need to talk to Cliff. He’ll call you a racist.

    • #2 by Richard Warnick on May 23, 2013 - 9:20 am

      That was a 2008 campaign promise to “cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.” PolitiFact rates it as broken. However, candidate Obama did not say how long it would take to reduce premiums. The Affordable Care Act won’t be fully implemented until next year. That said, skyrocketing health care costs remain a problem.

      • #3 by cav on May 23, 2013 - 10:17 am

        It might be prudent to consider just what ‘typical family’ might mean. Average household income would provide a different picture than that provided by some other measure.

        Again, my disclaimer. This is in no way intended to be seen as supportive of any person or party. It is intended as further illustration of the definition of the word ‘is’- and how it can be screened statistically to reflect any of the plethora of suspected and hard fought-for ‘realities’ – such as ‘endless war for empire’. Always at the top of many very important people’s lists.

        • #4 by Glenden Brown on May 23, 2013 - 11:10 am

          I’m sure I’m not the only one who saw the report on hospital pricing.

          Even within the same metropolitan area, hospitals charge prices that differ by staggering degrees for the same procedures. People without health insurance pay vastly higher costs for care when less expensive options are often available nearby. Virtually everyone who seeks health care winds up paying inflated prices in one form or another as these stark disparities in price sow inefficiencies throughout the market.

          While this basic picture has emerged as the consensus reality among health care experts, their evidence has been primarily anecdotal. Hospitals have protected their price lists — documents known as charge masters — as closely guarded secrets.

          Their prices are secret no more.

          To take another example – I recently price checked a prescription at four different pharmacies, all within a few blocks of each other: the same prescription, wildly different prices. One charged $12, another $20, another $15 and the forth was 18.13.

          It seems at least a part of our problem with health care costs is related to a completely atomized and fragmented health care system. IHC has been cited as an example of really effective cost controls – well, yeah because the insurance carrier and the health care provider are linked. If you have SelectHealth insurance and go to an IHC provider, it’s all the system, the costs are controlled because the doctor’s work for IHC which is Select Health.

          Something else that we’ve discussed any number of times is that health care is not like any other industry or market.

  2. #5 by brewski on May 23, 2013 - 9:38 am

    Coming from Obama who has 131 “Pants on Fire”, “False” and “Mostly False” statements, I am not hopeful.

    • #6 by Richard Warnick on May 23, 2013 - 10:00 am

      If we’re counting, Willard (“Mitt”) Romney delivered 917 documented lies during the 2012 campaign. Not counting the lie about his first name.

      Note we’re not talking about broken promises. These are actual bald-faced lies.

      • #7 by brewski on May 23, 2013 - 2:45 pm

        Tell it to Mrs. Roosevelt.

        • #8 by brewski on May 23, 2013 - 2:51 pm

          The most lies in your new link are told by Maddowblog itself. I read through a lot of them and they clearly misrepresent what Romney actually said and clearly misrepresent the actual facts purported to show each of the alleged lies. So if you believe that Maddowblog then you have much bigger problems than Mitt’s name.

          • #9 by cav on May 23, 2013 - 5:20 pm

            Rachel Maddow needs to be jailed for Goebbels impersonation!

          • #10 by brewski on May 24, 2013 - 10:36 pm

            Rachel Maddow is more masculine than Justin Bieber.

      • #11 by brewski on May 23, 2013 - 2:47 pm

        Using the same barometer that you chose, Romney had fewer lies than Obama.

        Try again.

  3. #12 by cav on May 23, 2013 - 10:36 am

    So just like Al Gore has to live in a cave and wear fleece he sheared himself from an organically grown sheep, and, Krugman has to spend all his spare time painting poor people’s houses or they’re hypocrites. As is any one else the right-wing keyboard commandos maliciously project their crap upon?

    I’m sick of living on the same planet with people who can come up with “arguments” like these.

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