$900 health premium tax plan tries to sneak by

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon


Liberals are trying to create a new government program called the Basic Health Program to allow more lower income Oregonians to sign-up for permanent government subsidies for their health care.  The Basic Health Program gives free insurance to people who were on Medicaid but won’t be anymore because their income is now too high. This free health care program comes at the expense of other people who’ve been buying their own insurance all along

In order to keep it free, it means raising the health care cost of other people who are paying for their health insurance:

The Lund Report notes, “as a result of recent developments — the new program will significantly raise the cost of health premiums for many thousands of Oregonians who are not on government insurance or covered through their employers, but who instead buy their own plans directly from insurers or on the online insurance marketplace…One insurance executive said state data shows nearly 20,000 Oregonians would pay an additional $900 or more a year due to the premium hikes, and another said the program would do “more harm than good.”“A family of two adults would make $78,880 annually at 400% (of the federal poverty level),” a Regence BlueCross BlueShield executive wrote in a June 6 letter to the state. “Under this proposal, they could see marketplace premium impacts for their family of $400 a month, or $4,800 a year.”

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