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Study: Obamacare, other health premiums roughly equal

The Hill, January 31, 2014

A new study of health insurance premiums under ObamaCare found that they are comparable to or lower than premiums for similar coverage on the employer-based market. The analysis from global consulting firm Pricewaterhouse
Coopers (PwC) adds to a heated political debate over whether the healthcare law has raised prices for plans on the individual and small group markets. In their study, researchers calculated the national average premium for workers ($6,119) and compared it to the median and lowest rates for comparable coverage on ObamaCare's exchanges. Exchange coverage was found to be cheaper in both cases, at 4 percent less for a median plan ($5,844 premium) and 20 percent less for the cheapest equivalent plan ($4,885).