Public support for the U.S. health- care overhaul fell to its lowest level in a Kaiser Family Foundation survey after the Oct. 1 debut of government-run insurance marketplaces greeted consumers with breakdowns on websites, higher prices and potentially broken promises.
Growth in the health insurance premiums charged by companies including UnitedHealth Group Inc. and WellPoint Inc. has slowed to 4.5 percent this year, less than half of 2011’s rate, the Kaiser Family Foundation said.
Tax credits to buy medical coverage next year will average $2,672 per family under President Barack Obama’s health-care system overhaul, a benefit that will make the plans more affordable than some critics have predicted.
UnitedHealth Group Inc., WellPoint Inc. and other health insurers may have to forfeit to consumers $1.2 billion to $1.3 billion in profits from last year because of changes to U.S. law that limit revenue from premiums.
Worker contributions to employer- sponsored health-insurance premiums rose an average 14 percent this year to about $4,000 for U.S. families as employers shifted more costs to employees, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation said.