Survey of Businesses in New York Show Not a Single One Now Has Lower ObamaCare Costs

Posted by on Jan 02, 2014 at 8:12 am

Another Obama victory, as ABC News might say. Funny, but nobody is celebrating.

New York’s small-business owners, seniors and doctors are among the big losers as President Obama’s prescription for health-insurance reform takes effect.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses, an organization that represents nearly 11,000 entrepreneurs across the state, says it has yet to find a single member whose health-care costs are going down under the ObamaCare program, whose plans took effect New Year’s Day.

Meanwhile, an “overwhelming majority” of businesses canvassed by the group has reported increases in their insurance premiums, said Mike Durant, the NFIB’s New York director.

Michael Kennedy, who runs two family-owned dog-grooming salons near Albany, said changes to his cut-rate insurance coverage mandated by ObamaCare had more than doubled the cost, from $132.99 to $325.92 a month per person.

And when he checked the cost of buying an ObamaCare policy instead, it was “basically the same price, or even more,” he said.

Kennedy, 46, said that he and his wife clear only about $60,000 a year from their Pink Dog Parlor and Resort business, and that paying the new, higher premiums will be “a huge challenge.”

“It’s like another 100 dogs we need to groom,” he said.

ObamaCare: Gone to the dogs. Oh, and good luck finding more customers with disposable income left over from their healthcare costs who can afford to have their dog groomed.

5 Responses to “Survey of Businesses in New York Show Not a Single One Now Has Lower ObamaCare Costs”

  1. David on 2/02/14 at 10:31 am

    This is the missing perspective on Obamacare’s consequences: With the far higher prices for health insurance that it has inflicted on the vast majority of insureds (individual or employer policies), it is taking billions out of pockets. If the Obama stimulus program and Social Security tax cut were supposed to be economically stimulating because they put small sums of money in people’s pockets as immediately disposable income, what do these geniuses think will be the effect of taking hundreds or thousands of dollars out of people’s pockets every month? Obamacare is an anti-stimulus.

  2. Mac on 2/02/14 at 12:35 pm

    Phew! We are all aware this administration is trolling for success stories. Shape the narrative, reality be damned. As I understand it New York went into this debacle with high health care costs to begin with. They had already mandated insurers have a number of the costly benefits in their plans. Therefore there was a small chance they would find a lot of supposed success stories here because we are mixing in some of that delicious free gubmint money for a number of individual plans. This robs them somewhat of their mojo.

  3. William Teach on 2/02/14 at 12:56 pm

    Let’s not forget that NY already had pretty high premiums and costs due to all the state mandates and stuff. What originally came out was that premiums in NY would go down as Ocare kicked in because of the standing high costs. Now we find that even that talking point is BS.

  4. joe baldwin on 4/04/14 at 11:47 am

    It’s obvious that when you pair up an incompetent government with a greedy, profit driven industry, the consumer is going to get in it the neck. Every incumbent that voted for and supports Obamacare should be voted out of office, nay, every incumbent should be voted out. No matter their party or position, they all have lost the meaning of what they were elected to do.