Even before the Affordable Care Act went into effect, healthcare costs started increasing. I personally know of one employer who was told that their existing healthcare plan would increase by 41% and that was the year prior to Obamacare.
I know of another person whose employer provided healthcare coverage cost them more and their coverage was for less than previously. They were told that in order to keep the amount of coverage they had before that it would cost everyone too much.
So it was no real surprise to me when I read that the nonprofit group Commonwealth Fund found that employees are paying more for less coverage under Obamacare. They stated that healthcare insurance premiums amounted to 5.3% of the median income for the average family with members under the age of 65. In 2010, when Obamacare was passed, healthcare insurance premiums increased to 8.4% of the median family income. In 2013, under the first real year of Obamacare, the cost increased to 9.6% of the median income for an American family.
Not only did they discover that employees are paying more for their employer provided healthcare, but they are getting less for their money than previously. One of the authors of the report stated:
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