The insurance industry is adding to the uphill battle that congressional democrats are fighting in order to pass health care reform legislation.
Private insurers, hoping to sway public opinion, have said that premiums will increase by 18 percent within the next decade if the health care reform is passed.
“I would take it with a grain of salt,” said Jonathon Oberlander, UNC political science expert, on the industries claims of price inflation.
Oberlander said that by making these claims, the insurance industry is trying to scare the public and sway individuals to disagree with health care reform.
“There are two battles, one in congress and one in the country. If you win the battle in country you have more of a sway over the battle in congress for health care reform,” he said.