Obama Lied, My Health Plan Died
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Sep 25, 2013
September 25, 2013
By Michelle Malkin
Like an estimated 22 million other Americans, I am a self-employed small-business owner who buys health insurance for my family directly on the individual market. We have a high-deductible PPO plan that allows us to choose from a wide range of doctors.
Or rather, we had such a plan.
Last week, our family received notice from Anthem BlueCross BlueShield of Colorado that we can no longer keep the plan we like because of "changes from health care reform (also called the Affordable Care Act or ACA)." The letter informed us that "(t)o meet the requirements of the new laws, your current plan can no longer be continued beyond your 2014 renewal date."
In short: Obama lied. My health plan died.
Remember? Our president looked America straight in the eye and promised: "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also lied when she pledged: "Keep your doctor, and your current plan, if you like them."
This isn't just partisan business. It's personal. Our cancellation letter states that Anthem is "not going to be selling new individual PPO plans." When we asked whether we could keep our children's doctors, an agent for Anthem told my husband and me she didn't know. The insurer has no details available yet on what exactly they'll be offering. We either will be herded into the Obamacare federal health insurance exchange regime (launching October 1), a severely limited HMO plan, or presented with costlier alternatives from another insurer. If they even exist.
My family is not alone. Across the country, insurers are sending out Obamacare-induced health plan death notices to untold tens of thousands of other customers in the individual market. Twitter users are posting their Obamacare cancellation notices and accompanying rate increases:
Linda Deright posted her letter from Regency of Washington state: "63 percent jump, old policy of 15 yrs. cancelled." Karen J. Dugan wrote: "Received same notice from Blue Shield CA for our small business. Driving into exchange and no info since online site is down." Chris Birk wrote: "Got notice from BCBS that my current health plan is not ACA compliant. New plan 2x as costly for worse coverage." Small-business owner Villi Wilson posted his letter from HMSA Blue Cross Blue Shield canceling his individual plan and added: "I thought Obama said if I like my health care plan I can keep my health care plan."
Few among Washington's protected political class are paying attention, because they enjoy their lucrative government benefits and are exempted from Obamacare's destructive consequences. But one of my state's congressional representatives, GOP Rep. Cory Gardner, also lost his individual market plan. Unlike most politicians on Capitol Hill, Gardner chose not to enroll in the federal health insurance program. He told me that he opted to participate in the private market "because I wanted to be in the same boat as my constituents. And now that boat is sinking!"
Gardner points to recent analysis showing individual market rate increases of 23 percent to 25 percent in Colorado. "After my current plan is discontinued," he wrote last week, "the closest comparable plan through our current provider will cost over 100 percent more, going from roughly $650 a month to $1,480 per month." He now carries his Obamacare cancellation notice with him as hardcore proof of the Democrats' ultimate deception.
Maryland announced that its post-Obamacare individual market rates could also rise by a whopping 25 percent....
Since: Sep 08
Neon City Oh.
#2 Sep 25, 2013
What a great idea. Lets throw 30 million off of healthcare so Michelle Malkin won't have to pay as much.
#4 Sep 25, 2013
Nah, let the Obama sycophants open their wallets for the already-dispossessed and suddenly underemployed.
[Malkin column] "...Thanks to Obama, access is down. Premiums and health care spending are up. Research and development on lifesaving drugs and medical devices are down. Hours and benefits have been cut because of Obamacare costs and regulatory burdens by at least 300 American companies, according to Investor's Business Daily. And the Obamacare layoff bomb continues to claim victims."
HHS's Sebelius grants Obamacare waivers to thousands of Obama-friendly constituents. The IRS employees union, in charge of enforcing Obamacare, requests exemption from Obamacare. 92 percent of federal workers don't want Obamacare: http://www.naturalnews.com/042141_Obamacare_f... The president exempts Congress and staff members from Obamacare. The Obama-friendly unions clamor vociferously to be exempted from Obamacare.
If you liked the National Socialist Party, you'll love Obamacare.
Since: Sep 11
#6 Sep 25, 2013
Technically they didn't lie. They just never read the damned thing.
This will likely go down and the single largest tax hike in the history of America.
Saint Paul, MN
#9 Sep 25, 2013
'They' DID lie! Surely, you've seen recordings of Obama proclaiming over and over and over again how your rates won't increase and that you can keep your doctor - without any proof of this!
This a blatant and outright lie.
Tax hikes were a given. What's not, is the uncertainty of available health care and at what price.
Once you're 'assigned' a metallic value (platinum, gold, silver, bronze)pick your color -if you're able, see if your caregiver plays along - a BIG if!
Who said socialized healthcare was unfair!
No worries, if you don't want to play the 'work for a livin' game, others that do will pick up any affordability issues.
Saint Paul, MN
#11 Sep 26, 2013
This remark is a perfect illustration of the workings of a tiny, narrow, liberal mind. Michelle Malkin isn't the only one that will be paying more. Every American is going to be paying more, and for less service.
Not only that, hours and benefits will be cut. Unemployment and under employment is going to increase. Businesses will be doing less hiring, and will grow at a slower pace, if at all. All and all, this is nothing more than a big, fat decrease in pay and benefits for anyone who works or employs people.
And lets be honest. Throwing 30 million people off the unaffordable care act? Seriously? These are the same people who wouldn't get up off their azz and get insured to begin with, and they're not about to now. You'll be paying for them. I'll be paying for them. Just like we did before the unaffordable care act. Only now, the consequences are greater and more costly. Great plan.
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