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Insurance Cancellations Outpace O-Care Sign Ups

From the Daily Caller:

Health insurance cancellation notices soar above Obamacare enrollment rates

By Katie McHugh | October 24, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of Americans who purchase their own health insurance have received cancellation notices since August because the plans do not meet Obamacare’s requirements. The number of cancellation notices greatly exceed the number of Obamacare enrollees.

Insurance carrier Florida Blue sent out 300,000 cancellation notices, or 80 percent of the entire state’s individual coverage policies, Kaiser Health News reports. California’s Kaiser Permanente canceled 160,000 plans — half of its insurance plans in the state — while Blue Shield of California sent 119,000 notices in mid-September alone.

Two major insurance carriers in Pennsylvania, Insurance Highmark in Pittsburgh and Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia plan to cancel 20 percent and 45 percent of their total plans, respectively.

Nearly 800,000 New Jersey residents’ health-care plans will not longer exist in 2014, forcing insurers to create new ones for individuals and small business owners that hew to the Obamacare’s new regulations, The New Jersey Star Ledger found in early October…

More Americans have lost their individual health coverage in Florida and California than have gotten past the login screen on HealthCare.gov, according to The Washington Post, which reports that 476,000 applications have “been started,” but not completed…

Several states have released Obamacare enrollment data, however, revealing extremely low rates. South Dakota reported that only 23 people enrolled in the exchanges, a mere 0.0000276 percent of that state’s population. North Dakota enrolled only 20 residents.

Alaska, meanwhile, comes in at seven total enrollees, or 0.000957 percent of Alaskans…

Meanwhile, we have another casualty report, via the Washington Examiner:

CareFirst says 76,000 customers will lose current coverage due to Obamacare

By PHILIP KLEIN | OCTOBER 24, 2013

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is being forced to cancel plans that currently cover 76,000 individuals in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., due to changes made by President Obama’s health care law, the company told the Washington Examiner today.

That represents more than 40 percent of the 177,000 individuals covered by CareFirst in those states…

Wow, this is happening in Virginia, Maryland and DC. As the Reverend Jeremiah Wright might say, ‘Obama-Care is coming home to roost!’

Though Obama famously promised that those who liked their health care coverage could keep it under his program, in reality, the health care law imposes a raft of new regulations on insurance policies starting Jan. 1 that are forcing insurers across the country to terminate existing plans…

Because no insurance company can provide coverage that meets all of the Obama-Care mandates without raising their premiums:

"Of the 177,000 individuals under age 65 who are covered by CareFirst, about 76,000 of them are in a non-grandfathered plan — a plan that will not comply with the guidelines imposed by the Affordable Care Act at their time of renewal this year or next," CareFirst said in an email in response to an inquiry by the Examiner.

It continued, "These individuals in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and portions of Northern Virginia will be required by the health law to purchase a new ACA-compliant health plan…

While individuals in Maryland and Virginia will have the option of shopping for new plans either on the Obamacare exchanges or the individual market, D.C. residents who get cancellation notices will be forced to purchase insurance on the exchange.

As will all of the small businesses in DC, within two years.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 25th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Insurance Cancellations Outpace O-Care Sign Ups”

  1. preparing4theworst

    So, we are up to about 1.4 MILLION people who have lost their coverage in this article alone! This does not count those who were dropped due to being reduced to part-time at work. If the R’s would just do what it takes to mobilize this group we could get some real change going. But, alas, the RNC has neither the will or the want to make this happen…..they are so much better at whining than action. Unsubstantiated report- I understand that the ONE guy who actually enrolled that first day looked at the prices and dis-enrolled…….and got fined! Somehow that is just so believable..

    • Yea!! Lost coverage, no ACA to take up the slack! You’re nekkid an defenseless in the face of overwhelming medical costs and something bad happens .. what’s not to love, Democrats? What’s not to love!?”

      Republicans?

      [crickets]

    • My thinking on this is that the reasons the regime removed the ‘browse first’ option from the website wasn’t solely because of sticker shock. They wanted people’s information first, so when they did decide not to buy health insurance because of sticker shock, the regime now has all the information they need to fine your stupid ass. If you could shop before providing personal information, then they would have no way of retrieving the fine, especially if you don’t file a return or qualify for a refund from your tax return. It was just a way to get people to inform on themselves before they chose not to sign up. Mostly the young! That’s very clever in a devilish sense. Very deceitful!


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