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PolitFact Wisconsin: Trump's heathcare claims

Posted: 6:28 PM, Jun 16, 2017
Updated: 2017-06-16 19:28:31-04

President Donald Trump was in town this week bashing former President Barack Obama's healthcare plan and blaming Democrats as obstructionist on reform.
 
PolitiFact Wisconsin checks out a claim Trump made about premiums under Obamacare.
 
Trump, standing on the tarmac in Milwaukee with two families impacted by rising premiums, said their stories are sad but familiar.
 
Trump then turned his attention to Obamacare, calling the law one of the greatest catastrophes.
 
"One of the things he said is that Obamacare premiums have doubled in Wisconsin," said Tom Kertscher with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
 
PolitiFact Wisconsin looked at monthly premiums in Wisconsin. In 2013 the average individual premium was $266 a month and it jumped to $514 in 2017—almost double from four years ago.
 
But there a couple of points to consider.
 
"One is that the coverages that are available now through Obamacare are much broader than they were back in 2013," Kertscher said, "so you are getting more for your money."
 
So better benefits. PolitiFact Wisconsin says the second key point is that Obamacare subsidies are also up.
 
"Generally speaking, subsidies that people get to buy their policies offset the premium increase." Kertscher said, "and they're also getting more coverage than they did back in 2013."
 
PolitiFact Wisconsin rated President's Trump claim Half True, it's partially accurate but leaves out important details.