Interview: Blue Cross Blue Shield Of ND Says Insurance Premiums May Double Under Obamacare

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Rod St. Aubyn, director of government affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, told me in an interview this week that as Obamacare is implemented nationally it will have little impact on health care costs despite being called, officially, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

“This is not health care reform,” St. Aubyn told me. “This is health insurance reform.” He went on to say that Obamacare does “very little to address the cost of health care.”

Asked what sort of impact the law, which includes numerous mandates for expanded coverage, will have on insurance premiums St. Aubyn said the “rough estimate” BCBS is using, based on the fact that there are still a lot of aspects of this law that haven’t yet been defined, is a 15% increase in group (employer) insurance policies and as much as a 75% – 100% increase in individual insurance policies.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • mikemc1970

    So now that the election is over, does this mean that insurance companies will no longer be contractually obligated, by the Obama administration, to lie to the American people about the true cost of Obamacare?

    • Dawn

      Actually, BCBS was trying to get the word out before the election. They held meeting with small business owners explaining exactly what ObamaCare was going to do to premiums. I have friends that attended the meetings and were trying to share what BCBS told them; but “those who knew better” replied by saying it was hogwash and BCBS was just trying to use scare tactics. Who’s scared now?

      • Rob

        BCBS was on talk radio too talking about the impact Obamacare would have. They said that it would lower the number of insurance products available and drive up costs.

        BCBS has been pretty consistent in speaking out about these impacts.

        • camsaure

          Wonder what AARP would have to say about it now? I hope everyone has the sense to avoid them like the plague.

          • Rob

            The AARP is pretty much an insurance company now masquerading as an advocacy group. They’ll be maneuvering for a position to direct as much business to their insurance policies as possible.

  • kevindf

    I wonder how the stoned slackers will enjoy having to subsidize my insurance premiums.
    Obamacare throws risk management out the window.

    “Community Rating: All people regardless of age and gender must have similar rates. (3; 1 ratio for age 64 to age 21). (15; 1 ratio for tobacco users). Higher ratings are not allowed for females. Insurance premiums likely to rise; especially for young, healthy consumers.”

  • SigFan

    In the immortal words of Gomer Pyle – “Surprise, surprise, surprise!” Except that anyone with even a thimble full of common sense knew this was coming.

  • alanstorm

    Only a genius like Obama and the Democrats (catchy band name, there) could come up with the idea of making health care more affordable by making it more expansive. Mere mortals couldn’t have done it.

    • Rob

      Yeah, that is the irony isn’t it? The “Affordable Care Act” is going to make insurance far less affordable than it was before.

  • Harold

    Anyone who voted for Obama I hope the insurance premiums triple or quadruple.

    • Rob

      They will, though unfortunately not just for Obama voters.

  • Lynn Bergman

    Conservatives could have stopped this clown if our libertarian wing had not squandered their votes on “no name” candidates. So we have the new “liberals” and the old “liberals” to thank for Obama. Proves the circle of political ideology, where left and right meet at the bottom, and I do mean BOTTOM. When the communist wing of the “progressive movement” has achieved complete power and decides to kill the “usefull idiot” socialists of that movement, I do not intend to waste bullets protecting the dumb-ass socialists.

    • KJUU

      Oh please. “Romney-Care?” Massachussetts? Anyone? Bueller?

      • Tabitha Taylor

        Sorry there is a huge difference between the two. Romneycare was only 70 pages long, embraced the free market, actually has lowered costs while keeping the high standard of care we’re accustomed to & most importantly took no taxes! What he has done with that system as governor is the ‘healthcare reform’ everyone’s been saying we need in the US & Dr.s & patients love it. Unfortunately these things needed to be hammered home or at least communicated clearly so the public at large would have gotten it. Only people that did their actual homework understood this.

    • dwnwththeolguard

      Thanks for saying that the Republicans have a Libertarian wing. As I remember, it is the party that threw the “Libertarian wing” under the bus. You cannot steal an election and then insist on the voters that you stole it from to vote for you.

  • Randy G

    Heidi? Hello Heidi?

  • Noodak

    I pay almost $700 a month for a BCBS individual policy for my family (self employed), there is NO WAY I could afford much more than that. It is more than my house payment. Simply amazing the stupidity of what is going on in our country. I fear for my children’s future. Heck I fear for my own.