WSJ: Obamacare Triggers Premium Hikes

Guy Benson
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Posted: Sep 08, 2010 12:36 PM
Add this piece of evidence to the growing pile of discarded Obamacare promises:
Health insurers say they plan to raise premiums for some Americans as a direct result of the health overhaul in coming weeks, complicating Democrats' efforts to trumpet their signature achievement before the midterm elections. (Me: What efforts?)

Aetna Inc., some BlueCross BlueShield plans and other smaller carriers have asked for premium increases of between 1% and 9% to pay for extra benefits required under the law, according to filings with state regulators.

These and other insurers say Congress's landmark refashioning of U.S. health coverage, which passed in March after a brutal fight, is causing them to pass on more costs to consumers than Democrats predicted.

Chalk up another unsatisfying "we told you so" for conservatives.