Fewer Options – Higher Prices
The Obama Administration was concerned that once users were able to view the cost and options available to them at the Obamacare website, they would be disappointed.
Jake Tapper at CNN reported:
58% of US counties have only one or two insurance companies as options for Obamacare.
The Hill reported:
Administration officials were concerned that once users were able to view the available policies for purchase on HealthCare.gov, they could be disappointed with the cost and options available.
The concerns were expressed in meeting notes from the ObamaCare “war room” obtained by CNN.
“In some cases, there will be fewer options than would be desired to promote consumer choice and an ideal shopping experience,” the meeting notes read. “Additionally, in some cases there will be relatively high cost plans.”
The discussion last week among officials at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight appeared to reveal a behind-the-scenes concern that broke from public assurances made by President Obama and other top administration officials.
At an event last week in Boston, Obama said “choice and competition in the new national marketplaces have helped keep costs lower than even we projected.”