Powers: ObamaCare forces me to pay more for insurance, too

posted at 10:01 am on October 25, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

This clip started making the rounds almost as soon as Megyn Kelly’s segment ended last night, but there is a little more context to Kirsten Powers’ statement yesterday. Powers has been a supporter of the ObamaCare concept from its inception, but Powers does at least allow reality to intrude on her thinking.  After nearly three weeks of incompetence and dishonesty on display from the Obama administration, Powers started expressing considerable skepticism about the ACA and its rollout.  Here’s Powers earlier in the week, debating Bill O’Reilly over the meaning of the bungling:

Last night, Powers managed to work her way through the Washington DC exchange to find that she couldn’t keep the plan she liked, either.  In order to keep the same deductible in place, her monthly premiums will almost double, from $160 to $300:

That is an additional $1,680 a year, which doesn’t actually get her better coverage, and which Powers will have to pay out regardless of how much she accesses the health-care system.  As a younger and healthier consumer, Powers shouldn’t be paying more; she should be paying less in a properly-managed risk pool.  Thanks to the mandates of the ACA, though, Powers will now subsidize higher-risk members of the pool.

It’s not included in the clip, but Powers noted that she wouldn’t have minded a slight premium increase to make that work, but not on this scale — and now has considerable skepticism that the scheme will work at all:

It’s not as if there weren’t other options:

Power laments that ObamaCare is “not quite the way they sold it.” We warned people of that all along. Readers will certainly be justified in pointing that out too, but Powers’ story is useful for another purpose.  While she’s left of center, she’s always been a reasonable voice and a person who takes reality into account.  If she’s recognizing the disastrous impact of ObamaCare, what does that say about millions of people who supported this law because of the Obama sales job and what they will think when the bill comes due?  Like I’ve been saying all month, the White House will look back on the website debacle as a golden age when that begins to happen.


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Bmore on October 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM

I’m sure that’s what he meant but he’s right in any case. Baby boomers are really coming online now and swelling the Medicare rolls too.

equating medicare for people over 65 to which they’ve paid in for umpteenth years(although it still is over budget-different issue) is not the same as being enrolled in medicaid

gerrym51 on October 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM

An addition $1,680 a year for her!?!
Why she’ll have to give up a new dress or a pair of pumps or something.
Boo freak’n hoo Blondie.
What’s that ring around your lips? Is Kool-Aid stain dermabrasion covered under your plan?

Jomama on October 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM

As Animal Mother would say, “Better her than me.”

claudius on October 25, 2013 at 12:11 PM

She’s a true believer…

d1carter on October 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM

This is the idiot who said just last week on one of the early Fox News shows(can’t remember which one it was, it was either America’s Newsroom or Happening Now, and she was debating some Republican strategist about the polls) that, “Everybody loves Obamacare.” And no, it didn’t look like she was joking.

Choke. On. It. …Moron.

Sterling Holobyte on October 25, 2013 at 12:16 PM

why is it we can hear stories like this over and over and over again, but somehow the tea party is bad for wanting to defund it?

why is there disdain for the people who want to get rid of this atrocity, but nothing for the people who actually designed and implemented it!?!

jetch on October 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM

KP: shut up and just cut the check; YOU WANTED THIS…

Khun Joe on October 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM

So even Kirsten Powers turns out to be a tea-bagging anarchist hostage-taking suicide-bombing seditionist terrorist ra-a-a-a-a-acist traitor?

How disappointing.

Hayabusa on October 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

We are always looking for girls to ride the pole, Sweetie. You can even use your real name. You can make up that $140 up in a couple of night’s work. Just push the $5.95 rib eye dinner.
It’s not that different from your regular job.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on October 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Isn’t her husband a doctor?

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Does anyone know what happens to Health Saving Accounts under Obamacare?

InterestedObserver on October 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM

They cut the amount you could deposit in half. It has become so difficult to use I finally dropped mine after using it for many years. When you have to send in three types of documentation for every prescription it’s not worth the hassle anymore.

maables on October 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

From wiki

Powers married Dr. Marty Makary, Professor of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, in January 2010.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Wait til she finds out that she’s purchasing contraceptives for Sandra Fluke today but she’s not going to get cancer treatment when she’s 85 because unicorns.

LetsBfrank on October 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM

KP: shut up and just cut the check; YOU WANTED THIS…

Khun Joe on October 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM

There’s almost a glimmer of a clue in those vacant 0bumblezombie eyes, but this dumb blonde still needs a few more whacks from the reality shovel….

dentarthurdent on October 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Wow, a blonde lib getting b!tch slapped by reality. Who would have guessed. Karma, Kirsten, Karma.

chewmeister on October 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Oh, it gets worse. My 83 year-old mother was just unceremoniously tossed from her medical plan entirely. It was part of her pension. All of the pensioners were tossed – zero compensation or alternatives.

So, the pension plan is simply using ObamaCare as an excuse to cull the herd. More to come, I’m sure.

(But she’s a conservative and never felt entitled to anything, so she isn’t whining.)

Tsar of Earth on October 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM

I’m surprised she’s complaining. I seriously doubt it’s going to hurt her budget. The families that are discovering that they now owe an extra 10,000 dollars a year with higher deductibles are the ones that are really hurting. As well as the people who have lost their insurance entirely. Does she care about them?

Rose on October 25, 2013 at 1:13 PM

1 As others have mentioned, $1680 is loose pocket change to Powers.
2 But EVEN if this amount forced Powers into the streets to raise money for groceries, Kirsten would gladly “bite the bullet” to protect her “Messiah”.

MaiDee on October 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Should we quit listening to people like KP…? She could not have been more wrong.

d1carter on October 25, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Wow, a blonde lib getting b!tch slapped by reality. Who would have guessed. Karma, Kirsten, Karma.

chewmeister on October 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Oh, I’m sure the carpet does not match the drapes. She needs to come by and get the number for a better stylist. I haven’t seen that color of blonde since Tijuana.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on October 25, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Powers may be willing to pay a bit more, but it was Obama, elected Democrats, and liberal pundits like…..Kirsten Powers who told us that Obamacare would reduce costs.

William Teach on October 25, 2013 at 1:26 PM

From wiki

Powers married Dr. Marty Makary, Professor of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, in January 2010.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Any idea why she is buying her own plan ?
Would tend to think that hubby’s is pretty good.

Jabberwock on October 25, 2013 at 1:27 PM

From wiki

Powers married Dr. Marty Makary, Professor of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, in January 2010.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Insurance industry estimates predicted 40% increases to premiums due to O-care… of course, that was before they’d been given a chance to enter the gov’ts coverage constraints into their models.

Since Power’s premium is estimated to nearly double, I’d suspect her current coverage is ‘gold-plated’ due to her husband carrying her as his spouse (Johns Hopkins has got to have a great benefits package- at the least in medical coverage).

Welcome to the under-class, Ms. Powers.

socalcon on October 25, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Sure, Obamacare makes you pay more for the health insurance that you were happy with.

But it’s all worth it because…

???

HitNRun on October 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM

‘That’s not quite the way they sold it’, understatement of the century and K Powers is lying through her teeth here. They sold it to the skeptical segment of the public precisely by touting and insisting that ‘you could keep your plan and your doctor’ if you like them. These people make me sick. What can I say, let her pay more, and double that, she (and her ilk) more than owns this monstrousity.

jimver on October 25, 2013 at 1:49 PM

But it’s all worth it because…

???

HitNRun on October 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Social justice :)…fairness :)…blah…

jimver on October 25, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Kirsten honey, how does it feel to know that your belated epiphanies about Obama prove you are dumber than: a) Sarah Palin and b) my trash collector, and c) every Tea Party member. Every. Single. One.

You’re welcome.

drunyan8315 on October 25, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Bite a bullet, honey. So, you’re a little dismayed to find out utopia isn’t that swell and you’ll have to cough up maybe $150 more a month to pay for someone else’s health insurance, but you still heart Ocare even if you have to give up a little of your excesses. What a big hearted lib you are to want to support someone layabout like the SNAP surfer dude wannabe rock star. Count me out. Oh, and what is $150 now will be much more in coming years. Count on it.

Kissmygrits on October 25, 2013 at 1:59 PM

ObamaCare forces me to pay more for insurance, too….

GOOD! There should be a financial penalty for STUPID!

Another Drew on October 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Bite a bullet, honey. So, you’re a little dismayed to find out utopia isn’t that swell and you’ll have to cough up maybe $150 more a month to pay for someone else’s health insurance, but you still heart Ocare even if you have to give up a little of your excesses. What a big hearted lib you are to want to support someone layabout like the SNAP surfer dude wannabe rock star

Doesn’t she know that her contraception, as long as Obama approves the type/brand, is free, free, free? That her annual checkups are also free, free, free? So maybe it’s just a wash, Kristen, except that you don’t get to choose anymore. Obama is the decider over your woman-care. Oh, and all your other care, too.

I wonder if she can even spell irony.

LetsBfrank on October 25, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Kirsten honey, how does it feel to know that your belated epiphanies about Obama prove you are dumber than: a) Sarah Palin and b) my trash collector, and c) every Tea Party member. Every. Single. One.

You’re welcome.

drunyan8315 on October 25, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Sarah Palin was a governor. What have you done lately, other than run your nose up the MSM’s butt?

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on October 25, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Sarah Palin was a governor. What have you done lately, other than run your nose up the MSM’s butt?

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on October 25, 2013 at 2:28 PM

You might have misunderstood drunyan8315. Good sarc doesn’t need tags :)

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Sarah Palin was a governor. What have you done lately, other than run your nose up the MSM’s butt?

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on October 25, 2013 at 2:28 PM

You might have misunderstood drunyan8315. Good sarc doesn’t need tags :)

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

You’re right. Good sarc doesn’t need tags.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on October 25, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Why does a supposedly bright individual like Kirsten get blindsided by these things? She is noted to be a more discerning liberal with an open mind but this brings that reputation into question.

It has always been obvious that Obama and his administration has been lying and that they lie about everything. Why was she willing to believe any of the lies about Obamacare?

Vince on October 25, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Surprised this moron was able to figure out it was going to cost more.

RdLake on October 25, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Should we quit listening to people like KP…? She could not have been more wrong.

d1carter on October 25, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Quit? Have to start to do that. ;)

As others have said, it’s only a pair of shoes to her, but I hope she chokes on it. Enjoy it, dimwit – you voted for it.

kim roy on October 25, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Powers is a liberal -IDIOT- however shes at least willing to admit when something is wrong in this case so I give her some credit.

She’s still a complete jackass on this whole subject because we TOLD her stupid mug this was going to happen.

TX-96 on October 25, 2013 at 3:23 PM

This increase is only the beginning. They start out low and are slated to increase in coming years. Young people especially will be hit. It’s indentured servitude, and it’s wrong.

Rose in CA on October 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

She, too, is “finding out what’s in it”.

Mmmmmm, crap sandwich

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on October 25, 2013 at 3:31 PM

. Enjoy it, dimwit – you voted for it.

kim roy on October 25, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Not to defend Powers, but I keep seeing this argument from the media that 53% of Americans voted for Obamacare. That’s not really true. They voted for what Obama and Pelosi and the media said Obamacare was. Unfortunately, that was all lies. If any of them had bothered to read a significant part of the legislation or had a clue, they would have realized it was lies, but most did not put that much effort into it. A more correct statement would be 53% of Americans voted for a mythical plan that would increase coverage and reduce costs. They wouldn’t have voted for Obamacare if they knew what it actually was.

talkingpoints on October 25, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Gosh, no misogyny here, is there?

I’m sure honey, baby, blondie, b**ch is eager to help us get rid of Obamacare when we welcome her like that.

If we want to make America more conservative, we have to help draw people over to our cause. Reagan saw the light, and helped fight the fight. When a liberal starts doubting their belief system, don’t drive them away from conservatism.

When you’re wondering next month how Virginia could elect a crook like McAuliffe, go take a look at his numbers among women. Then look back at some of these posts.

hawksruleva on October 25, 2013 at 3:37 PM

When you’re wondering next month how Virginia could elect a crook like McAuliffe, go take a look at his numbers among women. Then look back at some of these posts.

hawksruleva on October 25, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Bingo…now is the time we should become the ‘attractive party’ for women. If we can’t win the female vote, we will never win another election….VA is just the beginning…a strong RED state up until 2008. Dems’ ‘war on women’ works…and of course our stupid pols who ramble about abortion and rape encourages women to run from the GOP

Lot of Republican women have jumped ship too..

Redford on October 25, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Another item that gets no attention is there’s also a 4% real estate transaction tax on house sales over $400,000

Holy crap….I didn’t see this one coming. Is this effective now or it is taking effect next year as well?

JetBlast on October 25, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Is this the start of KP ‘seeing the light’ and becoming yet another from the left who moves to the right?

I suppose ultimately that will depend on if she sees the root challenge at the progressive-fascist agenda or will just take the position to casually blame the implementation (this time), and gullibly accept the next series of promises from the President / Administration / Left.

Athos on October 25, 2013 at 5:27 PM

I solved my healthcare issues. I’m dating a nice lady doctor.

Some of our best times are when I get sick.

And when she gets out the q-tip swab and points to my ear, ….well…you get the carnal picture.

I don’t think much about how high my decuctible is.

Now, if I can get her to join my Tea Party Group and militia. :-)

KirknBurker on October 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM

“not quite the way they sold it.”

Well, Duh! How stupid do you have to be to not have known that from the start?

I remember back in the old days when Powers was embraced by many Hot Airheads (including ‘management’) as the smart and cute liberal who they liked, and could enjoy being around.

Still feel that way?

LegendHasIt on October 25, 2013 at 5:52 PM

After nearly three weeks of incompetence and dishonesty on display from the Obama administration

Three weeks? Incompetence and dishonesty by this administration have been on display much longer than that.

While she’s left of center, she’s always been a reasonable voice and a person who takes reality into account.

Yep.

If she’s recognizing the disastrous impact of ObamaCare, what does that say about millions of people who supported this law because of the Obama sales job and what they will think when the bill comes due?

KP’s reasonable, those other millions supporting this law, not so much. I’m not expecting much of them.

rukiddingme on October 25, 2013 at 5:53 PM

While she’s left of center, she’s always been a reasonable voice and a person who takes reality into account.

Bwaaaa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…..

xblade on October 25, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Speaking of how stupid do you have to be:

Support the orwellian Police State!

LegendHasIt on October 25, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Still feel that way?

LegendHasIt

Of course they do. Ed even goes out of his way to defend her in his post above with the following:

While she’s left of center, she’s always been a reasonable voice and a person who takes reality into account.

Not only do they still feel that way, don’t be surprised if they secretly agree with her as well. We know they do when it comes to amnesty.

xblade on October 25, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Still feel that way?
LegendHasIt on October 25, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Geeze, I guess a bunch of you do.

To me, she is the Blonde Juan Williams.
No matter how often ‘liberal reality’ smacks them in the face, they go crawling back to defending it with the next breath.

I swear, some of you folks ‘think’ with your nether regions.

LegendHasIt on October 25, 2013 at 6:00 PM

xblade on October 25, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Yep.

LegendHasIt on October 25, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Surely this is just an amazing coincidence:
/s

Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is executive at company that built Obamacare website.

LegendHasIt on October 25, 2013 at 6:20 PM

NOTE: This isn’t the first time powers has been royally screwed by the d-cRAT socialists. Remember, she was once a bed-mate of THE WEINER !!!!!!!!!

TeaPartyNation on October 25, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Dumb dyed blond whore

TexasJew on October 26, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Well that’s precious Kirsten . . . contribute you entire salary if you like but stay out of my billfold.

rplat on October 26, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Insurance is what I pay for.

Medicaid is what taxpayers like me pay for. It reimburses physicians about 20% of usual and customary.

NoPain on October 26, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Yup Kirsten, and your ilk defended and backed the law blindly all the way. You people. I mean if you even read it you are now complicit in this. You own it now.

jake49 on October 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM

King B,

KP is a Pro Choice evangelical Christian, which pretty much explains the clarity of her thinking.

One would have to be pathologically dishonest or jaw droppingly stupid to try and hold those contradictory positions. The fact that KP tries to does not reflect well upon her.

Mike Honcho on October 26, 2013 at 3:22 PM

“KP is a Pro Choice evangelical Christian..”

O-o

Ummm….

shorebird on October 28, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Also from wikipedia: “Powers briefly dated former Congressman Anthony Weiner in 2002, and remained his close friend after their romantic relationship ended.”

Just a little insight into her decision making process, her choices, and her credibility. How can anyone take her seriously or care what she thinks?

NoPain on October 29, 2013 at 12:09 PM

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