GOP Senator Botches Key Obamacare Stat By 900 Percent
Wisconsin GOP Senator, Ron Johnson went on NewsMax TV today to rail against the Affordable Care Act. When asked about rate increases, he responded anecdotally, ““I’m driving around Wisconsin, I’m talking to business owners and I’m talking to health care providers and insurance agents as well and they’re seeing that same kind of range [of premium increases for 2015], anywhere from 16 to 60 percent. Kind of with an average of around 30 percent here just anecdotally in Wisconsin.”
Sounds pretty damaging. It certainly paints a picture gloomy enough to scare thousands of people away from the program. Or at least it would if the numbers were anything close to the truth. Studies of actual rate filings in the state plug the rate at more like 3% with at least two insurance companies posting double digit DECREASES. Lisa Rubino, Senior Vice President on Molino Healthcare of Wisconsin, explained their 11% decrease, “We priced for the first year really expecting a sicker population to enroll. Going into the second year, we expect the exchange to work better and a healthier population due to penalties increasing.”
Johnson’s exaggeration of the facts is in the range of 900%. This kind of flagrant disregard of accuracy and basing policy on data that has no basis in reality is nothing new for Johnson. It’s right in line with his denial of Global Warming. He was reported to claim global warming is caused by sunspots, He also suggested the student loan crisis could be alleviated permanently by a temporary cut in interest rates while calling for even more private, for profit colleges.
I have often said, “If you have to lie to make you point, you don’t have a point.” Senator Johnson can take his 900% inflation of the truth and stick it back into whatever orifice he pulled it out of.
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