Schumer: ObamaCare could raise premiums

The Senate's third-ranking Democrat said ObamaCare will contribute to rising health premiums unless regulators keep a close eye on insurers.

Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerMcConnell: CBO analysis for House bill will repeat 'things we already know' Congress urges Trump administration to release public transit funding Overnight Tech: FCC begins rolling back net neutrality | Sinclair deal puts heat on regulators | China blames US for 'Wanna Cry' attack MORE (D-N.Y.) said the Affordable Care Act and rising healthcare costs could cause rates to go "through the roof." He added that the law will help curb cost growth in healthcare, and that insurance commissioners will play a serious role in protecting consumers from rate hikes.

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"Our insurance department is empowered to protect families, and we're going to watch them like a hawk to make sure they do," Schumer said, according to WHEC-TV in Rochester, N.Y.

"If they don't, these rates could go through the roof. It's in part because of ObamaCare, but healthcare costs have been going up by double digits for years and years and years.

"The good news is, in this bill, there's a way to stop it."

Schumer is the latest top Democrat to warn of ill consequences unless ObamaCare is implemented properly.

This week, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThis week: Congress awaits Comey testimony Will Republicans grow a spine and restore democracy? Racial representation: A solution to inequality in the People’s House MORE (D-Nev.) echoed a comment from Sen. Max BaucusMax BaucusLawmakers: Leave advertising tax break alone GOP: FBI firing won't slow agenda White House tax-reform push is ‘game changer,’ says ex-chairman MORE (D-Mont.) that the law could become a "train wreck" without a strong rollout.

President Obama also acknowledged that implementation will include "glitches and bumps."

These leaders continue to support the law, which is expected to bring insurance, tax credits and new health benefits to millions.