Matt Borges, Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, sent out a fundraising email this weekend claiming that Obamacare is going to raise insurance rates for Ohioans. His “information” comes from a flawed announcement made by Mary Taylor a day earlier
Borges claims “Ohioans can expect their insurance premiums to skyrocket by as much as 41% next year” thanks to Obamacare and Ohio’s federally-run health care insurance exchange. His claim is based on a press release put out by Taylor’s office titled “Health Insurance Premiums to Increase 41 Percent Due to Affordable Care Act.”
Not only is the 41% number not true, but Borges and Taylor both imply that the increase will impact everyone in Ohio with insurance, which is absolutely pants-on-fire false.
The fact is, most Ohioans won’t be using the exchange. If you have health insurance from your employer (Like Borges and Mary Taylor do) or if you are on Medicare or Medicaid, you will not see any change in your health insurance rates. That’s nearly 80% of Ohioans who will see no impact from the exchange.
The only people who will be impacted are those with individual insurance plans. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation that’s only around 6% of Ohioans (the Plain Dealer put this number closer to 3.5%). People who currently have no insurance will also be using the exchange.
And that 41% increase number? As we and many other news outlets have pointed out, Taylor’s analysis is completely flawed and this number can not possibly be correct. Not only does Taylor use old data for her baseline private plan costs, she also fails to take into account any of the federal subsidies that will be applied to insurance premiums. As Luke pointed out yesterday, as many as 88% of exchange users will get subsidies that will significantly lower their rates.
When asked about the large number of people who would be getting subsidies, The Examiner reports that Taylor claimed she “hadn’t heard that figure.”
So Mary Taylor’s office puts out a press release falsely claiming that Obamacare is going to raise the insurance rates of all Ohioans. John Kasich’s campaign immediately puts up a fancy new graphic based on the false claim, and then the head of the Ohio Republican Party uses that graphic and the false claim in an email asking recipients to donate money to the party to help fight Obamacare.
These people have no shame.