Ooo, another Obamacare good news story. Ruh roh! Get ready for Republicans to:
1. Dismiss the report entirely...
2. Make up their own numbers...
3. Lie about the report's content on Fox, then continue to distort the distortions until they...
4... morph into their own "news story" because the Foxers will repeat it so often that their other shows will use the hosts' commentary as headlines...
5. Wish The Affordable Care Act into the corn field while writing up more destined-to-fail bills to repeal Obamacare.
Read it and weep, GOP. Via the Los Angeles Times:
The average premium paid for Obamacare coverage on a leading insurance website has dropped by nearly $100 a month since October as more young people sign up, a new industry report shows. [...]
The average premium for 2014 health plans sold through EHealth tumbled from $370 a month to $273 over that period, which the company said reflects a higher proportion of younger applicants.
See, the whole point is to get enough younger, healthier people to sign up in order to "help offset the higher medical costs of older, sicker policyholders in the overall insurance pool." And, oops, GOP! They're doing just that!
Oh, and about some of those rising rates we've been hearing so much about?
While rates are up, annual deductibles went down on average.
Many consumers are eligible for federal premium subsidies based on their income, shielding them from the full cost.
So there's that. Bummer, huh naysayers?
Fun fact: Minnesota had the lowest average premium for individual plans, and Oklahoma had the cheapest family plans. Alaska had the highest for individuals, New Jersey had the highest for family plans.
Did I mention that four million Americans have now enrolled on healthcare.gov and through state exchanges? What a commie Marxist French gay Kenyan failure.