For Americans wondering why their health care premiums and deductibles are rising so dramatically, a new study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association provides some answers.
The study, released on March 30, found that people who enrolled in BCBS after the Affordable Care Act became law had higher rates of disease than those who'd been enrolled before ObamaCare took effect, suggesting insurers indeed are taking on higher-risk and higher-cost patients. Their costs are rising, along with premiums in general.
The study claims to represent "a comprehensive, in-depth study of actual medical claims among those enrolled." Blue Cross Blue Shield represents more patients in the health insurance exchanges than any other insurer.