As Mitt Romney takes time for a little R&R at his home on Lake Winnipesaukee, his campaign team continues to pound the President on the reportedly disastrous consequences of the ObamaCare law, now slated to go into effect as originally scheduled thanks to last week’s Supreme Court ruling.
“President Obama campaigned for office on a very specific promise to decrease health care premiums by $2,500. By his own standard, the President has failed and middle-class families are the ones suffering the consequences,” said Romney Spokesperson Andrea Saul, “It’s time for President Obama to take responsibility for his middle-class promise gap. And it’s time for a new direction and new president who will finally deliver change for struggling middle-class families.”
The campaign also released an infographic highlighting the “middle class promise gap”:
To arrive at the $4,893 figure, the campaign took Obama’s 2008 statement, when he told voters during an Ohio campaign speech, “[I]f you’ve got health insurance, we’re going to work with you to lower your premiums by $2,500 per family per year. And we will not wait 20 years from now to do it or 10 years from now to do it. We will do it by the end of my first term as president of the United States of America,” and coupled it with data from a Kaiser Family Foundation study that found average family health care premiums have increased by $2,393 during Obama’s first three years in office, from $12,680 in 2008 to $15,073 in 2011.
Furthermore, the Romney campaign points to data refuting Democrats’ claims that the ObamaCare law will cause premiums to decrease. According to independent site Factcheck.org, “[T]he new law is making health care slightly less affordable. Independent health care experts say the law has caused some insurance premiums to rise. As we wrote in October, the new law has caused about a 1 percent to 3 percent increase in health insurance premiums for employer-sponsored family plans because of requirements for increased benefits. Last year’s premium increases cast even more doubt on another promise the president has made – that the health care law would ‘lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year.”
Health care policy and its economic impact are sure to be frequent topics of discussion on the campaign trail and in the upcoming presidential debates, particularly in light of the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling. As temperatures rise across the country and in the Granite State, it seems certain that Team Romney won’t turn down the heat against Obama one bit.