GOP Congressman Ron Johnson just compared people having health insurance to automobile premiums.
“We know why those premiums doubled. We’ve done something with our health care system that you would never think about doing, for example, with auto insurance, where you would require auto insurance companies to sell a policy to somebody after they crash their car.”
That was Johnson’s argument for getting rid of an Obamacare provision that makes it illegal to charge people more for preexisting conditions.
“States that have… guarantees for preexisting conditions, it crashes their markets,” he continued. “It causes the markets to collapse. It causes premiums to skyrocket.”
The congressman is correct about one thing – insurance premiums have increased under Obamacare, but it’s at a much slower rate of growth than before the Affordable Care Act.
Take a look at some numbers provided by Factcheck.org.
- Under George W. Bush the average family premium went up by $4,677 in his last six years in office. That’s an increase of 58%.
- Under Obama, it only went up by $4,154 during that same amount of time. That was only a 33% increase.
Johnson may want to blame this on certain Obamacare protections, but it doesn’t solve the main issue of why premiums keep increasing even without the protection.