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“Many 20-somethings who buy their own insurance have plans that are considerably skimpier. So under the new rule[s], they will be getting and paying for more, whether they want the added coverage or not,” The Washington Post reported in a front-page story earlier this month.

Other factors: Health insurance plans can’t charge higher premiums for customers with pre-existing illnesses or reject them altogether. There are limits on charging older customers higher prices than younger and healthier ones.

A survey by the American Action Forum, a center-right think tank headed by economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, reveals just how much Mr. Obama’s health care takeover will cost ordinary Americans.

The survey asked insurers in six markets — Chicago, Phoenix, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Austin, Texas, and Albany, N.Y. — how the multiple mandates in Obamacare will affect their prices.

“The findings highlight the sticker shock in health care premiums that awaits the relatively young and healthy in both the small group and individual markets as the [Affordable Care Act] is fully implemented. The survey finds the cost of premiums for this group will increase by an average of 169 percent,” the American Action Forum report says.

In Milwaukee, the hardest-hit of the six markets, younger, healthier people will see premiums hiked by 190 percent. For example, a young man will see his premium jump from $58 a month to $175, according to the survey.

In Phoenix, which reported the lowest increase in insurance rates, younger people will face a 157 percent increase.

“Older, sicker people will see their premiums reduced as a result of the changes required by Obamacare, which limits how much insurers can use age and health status in calculating premiums,” Ms. Turner points out.

Charging younger people more may threaten the precarious financial house of cards foundation on which Obamacare is built. The plan is based on drawing millions of younger people into the insurance market to offset the higher costs for older Americans, who require more medical care.

“With prices like these, that is unlikely, even with [federal] subsidies,” Ms. Turner says. The American Action Forum survey “provides more evidence of the failure of Obamacare in meeting its main goals of lowering costs and expanding coverage.”

While the White House refuses to be honest with the American people about sharply higher health insurance costs, some of its key supporters admit they will go up.

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, an architect of the new law, predicted that premiums in Wisconsin would jump by about 30 percent. In 4 of 5 states he has examined, “one-third of them are worse off,” he said.

Perhaps the most severe impact will be among employers who can’t afford Mr. Obama’s higher health insurance prices. Last year, a report by the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation suggested that about 3 million to 5 million fewer people each year will be able to obtain employer-provided health insurance in the years to come.

Throw in an economy that’s not growing and a very high unemployment rate that Democrats call “the new normal,” and the future under Mr. Obama is looking bleaker every day.

Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and former chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.