Republicans Question HHS Report on Obamacare Premium Increases

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) acknowledged that premiums for the most popular plans would slightly increase in 2015, in a report released on Thursday and first reported by the Associated Press.

“Premiums for the benchmark (second-lowest cost) silver plan will increase modestly, by 2 percent on average this year before tax credits, while premiums for the lowest-cost silver plan will increase on average by 5 percent,” the report notes.

Republicans are questioning those numbers and sources tell the Washington Free Beacon they are looking into it, but believe the numbers are inaccurate because the administration has “reworked” parts of the plan to produce a smaller increase in premiums.

“We think the increase wasn’t bigger because it’s likely they have reworked the elements of the plans. We’re more interested in how the deductibles or benefits have changed inside those plans to keep it to just [a five percent] increase,” a top Senate aide told the Free Beacon.