Guess how many states saw their deductibles go down under Obamacare last year

Guess how many states saw their deductibles go down under Obamacare last year

Even using the actual number of states in the union as opposed to Obama’s 57, the percentage that have enjoyed a decrease in health insurance deductibles under Obamacare is an embarrassingly low (for the administration) 10%.

Only five states – Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Illinois and Oregon – and the District of Columbia saw their average deductible go down, but even those regions saw a rise in costs for Bronze plans.

The Affordable Care Act hasn’t just caused premiums to skyrocket across the country, out-of-pocket costs are also on the rise.

According to data compiled by Freedom Partners, an Arlington, Va.-based conservative non-profit, 41 states are facing higher deductibles in 2016 – 17 of which saw a double-digit hike.

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The states that saw the biggest spikes were Mississippi (39%), Washington (31%), South Carolina (26%), Louisiana (24%), Florida (23%), Minnesota and Vermont (22%), Arizona (21%), and North Carolina (20%).

The organization used weighted-averages of ACA plan deductibles across the country in to conduct their analysis and created a tool – the 2016 Obamacare Deductible Increase Tracker, which was unveiled this morning – allowing users to see how their state measures up.

The findings show, on average, deductibles for Bronze, Silver, and Gold plans bought through Obamacare exchanges increased by $265 –  an 8.4% rise.

“Higher Obamacare deductibles increase, by hundreds of dollars, what families must pay out of pocket to access their health insurance,” Freedom Partners Senior Policy Adviser Nathan Nascimento said in a statement. “Instead of reducing costs, Obamacare regulations and mandates continue to drive up these costs and make quality care less accessible for hardworking families.”

Freedom Partners released a similar tracker for Obamacare premiums in January, which found all but one state saw an uptick in costs.

This report, by Juliegrace Brufke, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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