Posted by: arnegrim | September 13, 2010

Obamacare – Health cost per person to rise

“When a government report found that President Barack Obama’s health overhaul would modestly raise the nation’s total health care tab, the White House responded with a statistic suggesting costs would go down…

…National health care spending is a kitchen-sink statistic that includes personal health costs of the insured as well as the uninsured, and such categories as research and development and medical infrastructure. In 2019, when the overhaul is fully phased in, the tab will be $4.6 trillion.

Foster says it’s acceptable to divide the number by the total U.S. population. In that case, per capita spending would $13,652 as a result of the law, and $13,387 without it.

The difference: just $265 per person more.”

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_HEALTH_COSTS_FACT_CHECK?SITE=NYBUE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Note… the cost isn’t divided among those who are covered… but among the ENTIRE population (meaning those who are not covered are considered so to come up with the per capita cost).  Realistically the cost increase will be much more significant.

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