Free Beacon by Charlie Hoffmann --
Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel, a chief architect of Obamacare,
described the recent announcement of rising health care premiums under
the Affordable Care Act as “not a big increase.”
Emmanuel served as a special health care policy adviser to
the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House
at the beginning of President Obama’s first term.
Emmanuel spoke with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle on Tuesday and was asked about a recent government report
that stated health care premiums were slated to rise by 25 percent next
year in the 39 states served by the federal online exchanges.
Ruhle started by asking Emmanuel, “Why should Americans have faith in the Affordable Care Act?”
“First of all, for those people who are getting insured on
the exchanges, that 22 percent price rise is for the premium. But 83
percent of them get subsidies,” Emmanuel explained.
“For those people who are getting subsidies, the vast
majority of people, there will be no real change in their premiums
because they get subsidies and the subsidies are linked to the premium
increases,” he continued.