CBS: Lies to Customers About Their Insurance Premiums (Update: Video Added)

Hey Sebelius, does “extremely high volume” explain this?

CBS News has uncovered a serious pricing problem with It stems from the Obama administration’s efforts to improve its health care website. A new online feature can dramatically underestimate the cost of insurance.

The administration announced it would provide a new “shop and browse” feature Sunday, but it’s not giving consumers the real picture. In some cases, people could end up paying double of what they see on the website, CBS News’ Jan Crawford reported Wednesday on “CBS This Morning.”


Wow, how “affordable.”

CBS News ran the numbers for a 48-year-old in Charlotte, N.C., ineligible for subsidies. According to, she would pay $231 a month, but the actual plan on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina’s website costs $360, more than 50 percent higher. The difference: Blue Cross and Blue Shield requests your birthday before providing more accurate estimates.

The numbers for older Americans are even more striking. A 62-year-old in Charlotte looking for the same basic plan would get a price estimate on the government website of $394. The actual price is $634.

They should add a “guess your weight” feature. At least it would lie in a way that makes Americans happy.

Update: Here’s video of CBS’ report.

Thumbnail photo by The Onion.


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