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Obama’s Home May Dump Employee Health Plans

First we have this from North Carolina’s Charlotte Observer:

Insurance premium increases shock Charlotte consumers

By Karen Garloch | October 06, 2013

Across North Carolina, thousands of people have been shocked in recent weeks to find out their health insurance plans will be canceled at the end of the year – and premiums for comparable coverage could increase sharply.

One of them is George Schwab of Charlotte, who pays $228 a month for his family’s $10,000 deductible plan from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

In a Sept. 23 letter, Blue Cross notified him that his current plan doesn’t meet benefit requirements outlined in the Affordable Care Act and suggested a comparable plan for $1,208 a month – $980 more than he now pays. “I’m 62 and retired,” Schwab said. “This creates a tremendous financial burden for our family.

“The President told the American people numerous times that… ‘If you like your coverage, you can keep it,’” Schwab said. “How can we keep it if it has been eliminated? How can we keep it if the premium has been increased 430 percent in one year?”

“There’s good and bad in the law,” said Chris Blount, a Blue Cross agent wth [sic] Piedmont Benefits Group in Charlotte. “I think it’s bad that we can’t have as many choices as we’ve had before. But it’s not like you’re having to pay more and getting less. You’re having to pay more, and you’re getting more.”

Under the new law, all insurance plans must cover 10 “essential health benefits,” including maternity care and pediatric dental and vision care. Plans must also provide certain preventive services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies for free.

What is ‘free’ if you have to pay for it? But we hope Mr. Schwab also enjoys his ‘free’ birth control pills and ‘free’ abortions and his ‘free’ sex change coverage.

Blue Cross spokesman Lew Borman said Friday that large premium increases will affect about one-third of the approximately 400,000 North Carolina customers who buy Blue Cross insurance in the individual market. Some of their policies were canceled because they didn’t meet the new federal standards, he said…

Michael Hood, 46, who lives near Winston-Salem, is another of the Blue Cross customers who is suffering sticker shock after receiving a recent renewal letter.

He and his wife, who is expecting their third child, now pay $324 per month for a plan with a $10,000 family deductible. The comparable plan suggested by Blue Cross for next year would cost $895.27 per month with an $11,000 family deductible. Their annual payment would rise from $14,000 to $24,000…

Yeah, but the birth of their baby will be ‘free.’ After the $11,000 deductible.

Hood said his income is about $85,000 a year, which would mean he might be able to qualify for a subsidy. He said he checked the online marketplace, which has been operating only sporadically this week, and didn’t think it looked like his family would be eligible.

No one making over $47,000, which is the average salary in the US, is going to get an Obama-Carre subsidy, unless they are a member of Congress or one of their staf. And even that cutoff number is going go down very quickly.

“I’m angry that legislation has been passed that is forcing me to purchase something that otherwise I would not have to purchase,” Hood said.

“The president told us Obamacare would make health insurance affordable and reduce costs. It is now impossible for our family to afford private health insurance.”

That’s what you get for believing Obama.

Meanwhile, there is this development, via the Daily Caller:

Obama’s hometown government proposes dumping 400 part-timers from health plan

By Michael Volpe | October 8, 2013

Part-time government employees working for Cook County, Illinois — President Obama’s home county — may soon lose their employer-funded health insurance and instead have to move onto Obamacare’s healthcare exchanges.

That move would once again directly contradict President Obama’s promise that Americans who like their health plans could keep them.

In a press release from the Office of Cook County Board President, Democrat Toni Preckwinkle [sic] announced that she has proposed that all part time local government employees be removed from the county’s health plan or pay the entirety of it from their own funds starting July 1, 2014.

A Democrat is proposing this!

“The proposal would require employees and officials who receive less than full-time County pay to pick up the full share of their health benefits,” Preckwinkle said in the statement. “Those who choose not to will have the option of obtaining healthcare through a health insurance marketplace, accessing healthcare through other employment, or accessing the healthcare plan of a spouse, partner or family member. The change would take place July 1, 2014 to allow individuals time to review their choices. The County estimates that the plan will affect roughly 400 individuals, including Cook County circuit court and associate judges, part-time crossing guards and commissioners for the Chicago Board of Elections.”

Even the crossing guards are going to lose their health insurance. And in Chicago, being a crossing guard is a highly risky job.

Preckwinkle’s office said that the proposal would save the county $2.2 million in 2014 and $4 million annually after that. Preckwinkle said the move was done for the sake of equity, fairness, and fiscal discipline…

But what about social justice?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama’s Home May Dump Employee Health Plans”

  1. Right of the People says:

    Yeah, this is really AFFORDABLE health care. Snicker, snicker. Time to start over.

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