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Obamacare contractor: More accurate premium estimates would be easy

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One of the contractors responsible for construction of Healthcare.gov told Congress that "it would not be difficult" to give more accurate health care premium estimates, as opposed to the current estimates that represent the lowest possible figure.

"It would not be difficult to add date of birth," CGI Federal vice president Cheryl Campbell told the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Obamacare website currently does not use birthdate information to generate premium estimates. Instead, everyone 50 or older receives an estimate that assumes the consumer is a 50-year-old person, while everyone under 50 receives an estimate that assumes the user is a 27-year-old person.

"It would give a better accounting," Campbell said of adding the date of birth. "It would not give a complete accounting."

CBS News reported that "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."

"As a former customer of eHealthInsurance.com, I can tell you that that website never gave me a 'teaser' rate that was half what I ended up paying," said David Freddoso.

Freddoso is editor of Conservative Intelligence Briefing and a former editorial page editor of the Washington Examiner.

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