As many as 11 million employees of small businesses in the U.S. face paying more for health insurance under Obamacare, according to a new report into the controversial healthcare bill.
The estimate, provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, also projected that 6 million others face lower rates for health insurance.
The report says that this is due to the to the laws requirement that premiums for health insurance can no longer be based on an insurance applicant’s age.
This means that while older people’s premiums are going down, younger people’s are going to rise.
While the estimate is far from certain, because many small businesses renewed their insurance policies in 2013.
Because they renewed before 2014, they were allowed to avoid higher premiums that went into effect, when insurance coverage was required to conform to the new law, on January 1.
The estimate is also affected by the report only looking at three specific provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
In actuality, employers decisions will be based on more than just three factors, according to information from the CMS.
The news that premiums could increase for 11 million could be good news for the Republican party, who have made anti-Obamacare campaigning their number one priority and policy.
Obamacare has been rife with problems ever since it was signed into law in March 2010.
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