NYT: So, this healthcare law is turning out to be kind of a pain for the middle class, huh?

posted at 2:31 pm on December 21, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Between Obama’s two presidential election campaigns, I wonder how many times we’ve had to endure various iterations of him insisting that he absolutely, unequivocally, sincerely would never raise taxes on the middle class, and that his entire economic mission would center around making the lives of the middle-class more prosperous and reasonable. Funny how, through all of that, he mysteriously failed to mention that the entirety of his crowning legislative achievement directly relies upon crushing market signals and intentionally, forcibly, and significantly increasing the middle class’s health insurance premiums in order to pay for the new redistribution system it created. I’m sure the truth about the system’s real nature just accidentally but rather conveniently got lost in the translation somewhere, along with that pesky little “if you like your plan, you can keep it” line currently causing him so much vexation.

This isn’t news to anyone who’s been paying even an iota of honest attention this entire time, but the NYT finally seems to be catching on to the fact that the “affordable” part of the Affordable Care Act, isn’t — no, not even for the middle class.

The Chapmans acknowledge that they are better off than many people, but they represent a little-understood reality of the Affordable Care Act. While the act clearly benefits those at the low end of the income scale — and rich people can continue to afford even the most generous plans — people like the Chapmans are caught in the uncomfortable middle: not poor enough for help, but not rich enough to be indifferent to cost. …

A 60-year-old living in Polk County, in northwestern Wisconsin, and earning $50,000 a year, for example, would have to spend more than 19 percent of his income, or $9,801 annually, to buy one of the cheapest plans available there. A person earning $45,000 would qualify for subsidies and would pay about 5 percent of his income, or $2,228, for an inexpensive plan. …

David Oscar, an insurance broker in New Jersey, another high-cost state, said many of his clients had been disappointed to learn that the premiums were much more expensive than they had expected.

“They’re frustrated,” he said. “Everybody was thinking that Obamacare was going to come in with more affordable rates. Well, they’re not more affordable.”

“Little understood”? Little understood by whom, exactly, hmm? Certainly not the conservatives warning that this was going to happen all along, and now that the phenomenon is actually happening and more Americans are being made to realize that they, too, will be among ObamaCare’s “losers,” I can’t imagine that it will more readily dispose them to what we are constantly, maniacally assured are the law’s many wondrous benefits.


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Pain in the class.

davidk on December 21, 2013 at 2:34 PM

It’s funny once the horn of that Unicorn they ride on reaches around to its butt what kind of reaction you see…own it, you voted for it..

hillsoftx on December 21, 2013 at 2:38 PM

I seem to recall from the exit polls that Romney won the ‘middle class’ even though all the cultists dogmatically rationalize their ideology & position it as ‘for the middle class’.

blockchords on December 21, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Obamacare was written with the intent to destroy the middle class. You vote for stalinists, guess how they govern.

Thanks so much democrat voters. You really are historically imbecilic people.

Murphy9 on December 21, 2013 at 2:40 PM

The NYT will probably report that the New York Mets just won the 1969 World Series.

yoda on December 21, 2013 at 2:52 PM

David Oscar, an insurance broker in New Jersey, another high-cost state, said many of his clients had been disappointed to learn that the premiums were much more expensive than they had expected.

“They’re frustrated,” he said. “Everybody was thinking that Obamacare was going to come in with more affordable rates. Well, they’re not more affordable.”

Idiot. You’re bailing out Medicaid.. While in tandem signing up millions for Medicaid.

/Circle Jerk

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Idiot. You’re bailing out Medicaid.. While in tandem signing up millions for Medicaid.

Also known as ObamaLogic(tm)

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 2:57 PM

And yet, diehard liberals and lunatics are still aggressively supporting the law.

HiJack on December 21, 2013 at 2:59 PM

crushing market signals and intentionally, forcibly, and significantly increasing the middle class’s health insurance premiums

Still not sure how the accountable healthcare business model crushes market signals. Not even industry incumbents expect that as an outcome. As for ‘higher’ rates, if you actually end up in a hospital and believe your bargain insurance policy will write a check to cover all your expenses, then you’re incredibly naive.

A primer on accountable care:
http://www.aetnaacs.com/what-accountable-care

bayam on December 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

” . . . they represent a little-understood reality of the Affordable Care Act.”

The “little understanding” wouldn’t have anything to do with the failure of the MSM to do its job, would it?

I mean, what’s their purpose? Inform the public, or carry water for the administration?

Oh . . . wait!

BLOC on December 21, 2013 at 3:02 PM

It’s funny once the horn of that Unicorn they ride on reaches around to its butt what kind of reaction you see…own it, you voted for it..

hillsoftx on December 21, 2013 at 2:38 PM

…and if you talk to most of these same people the Times did, they will tell you unequivocally that the answer to the problem will be to elect Hillary in 2016 and she’ll fix it. And if not her, Liz Warren, because they still think big government has the answer, just not this answer.

jon1979 on December 21, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Still not sure how the accountable healthcare business model crushes market signals.

bayam on December 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

B/c ‘quality’ is an abstract subjective standard that insulates consumers from the costs the incur for society in resources that have alternate uses.

blockchords on December 21, 2013 at 3:07 PM

The goal of all progressives is to eliminate the middle class. Until the middle class is eliminated the GLORIOUS socialist Utopia cannot begin.

Lenin hated the bourgeois and so does Obama.

jukin3 on December 21, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Still not sure how the accountable healthcare business model crushes market signals.

bayam on December 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

B/c ‘quality’ is an abstract subjective standard that insulates consumers from the costs the incur for society in resources that have alternate uses.

blockchords on December 21, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Not sure where that comes from, no one in the industry seriously questions the viability of the accountable care model. It works in other countries and results in superior results while realigning market incentives to the favor of patients.
In this country, a 10k colonoscopy or robot-assisted surgery is in the best interest of no one except the providers blowing up the cost of healthcare.

bayam on December 21, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Still not sure how the accountable healthcare business model crushes market signals. Not even industry incumbents expect that as an outcome. As for ‘higher’ rates, if you actually end up in a hospital and believe your bargain insurance policy will write a check to cover all your expenses, then you’re incredibly naive.

A primer on accountable care:
http://www.aetnaacs.com/what-accountable-care

bayam on December 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

I guess you don’t realize that the Free Market System is already in full play.

Nobody’s taking ObamaCare. Private practice physicians are extricating themselves from this debacle.

I just hope that Ronald Reagan’s legislation will still be intact… meaning, that any sick, injured person can go to an emergency room for care.

………..

Putz.

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Not sure where that comes from, no one in the industry seriously questions the viability of the accountable care model. It works in other countries and results in superior results while realigning market incentives to the favor of patients.
In this country, a 10k colonoscopy or robot-assisted surgery is in the best interest of no one except the providers blowing up the cost of healthcare.

bayam on December 21, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Okay. It’s no longer “affordable” it is “accountable”

Uh huh.

You’re still a freaking putz.

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 3:16 PM

I wonder how much longer this paper will exist?

pat on December 21, 2013 at 3:20 PM

A primer on accountable care:
http://www.aetnaacs.com/what-accountable-care

bayam on December 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Obama’s talking head is on this thread.

Let me tell you something, you stupid, ignorant progressive troll:

Men and women of all stripes go through 4 years of college, 4 years of internships in operating hospitals and then ANOTHER two years of med school to get their credentials.

Your version of “health care” is the equivalent of some bastige in a DMV asking you to bend over in a room full of people so he can check your anus.

F*ck you, you ignorant, stupid, life sucking version of humanity.

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 3:21 PM

I hope I don’t get banned.. Sorry AP, and Ed..

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 3:23 PM

the effective marginal rate issue are really going to shake up the county. If you look at low income earners the loss of benes plus various taxes discourage work

same with middle income…wives will stop working so much..and husbands will ease back.

of course high earners will be ok…the WS crowd…barry’s friends in CA…and all over the place will continue to do fine

leftists like barry and the trolls don’t mind a two class society…as long as they are getting something out of the deal.

r keller on December 21, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Thank you, John Roberts!!!

ladyingray on December 21, 2013 at 3:29 PM

NYT finally seems to be catching on

As if they weren’t told back at the beginning of this fiasco.

So lets see them fall on their sword in atonement.

GarandFan on December 21, 2013 at 3:31 PM

F*ck you, you ignorant, stupid, life sucking version of humanity.

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 3:21 PM

not to mention the hard work of seeing patients. leftists are basically very small minded, bitter people. Ever since barry started trash talking docs i’ve really wondered what the mental state is that drives leftists. The docs i see are smart and hard working and actually help people…maybe that’s why leftists are so bitter

r keller on December 21, 2013 at 3:35 PM

As if they weren’t told back at the beginning of this fiasco.

So lets see them fall on their sword in atonement.

GarandFan on December 21, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Do you know of any NTY articles that promoted Obamacare? I’m sure if there are any, they’ve been scrubbed.

Breitbart.

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 3:36 PM

It’s not about the middle class. It’s about the lower class. And even the lower class is going to get screwed over by this. Because the medical care of everyone, including the poor, is going to be messed up.

anotherJoe on December 21, 2013 at 3:36 PM

David Oscar, an insurance broker in New Jersey, another high-cost state, said many of his clients had been disappointed to learn that the premiums were much more expensive than they had expected.

Well Boo Hoo. New Jersey was never in play, even before your fat governor decided to endorse the rat-eared wonder at the last minute with that slobbering gushing beachside bromance. You people deserve whatever the hell you get out of Obamacare.

I will make this observation, however. There was a period of time when the WaPo (always a supporter of Obamacare) was trying to sell it as a defensible public policy even though it means that some have to pay much more in order to fund all the good things that come with the new government mandates. They’ve stopped trying to sell Obamacare by demanding the middle class pay thousands of more dollars so bar sluts get free contraception. They still are not calling for delay or reform but they’ve definitely stopped telling their few remaining subscribers to shut up and rejoice that they get to fund Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

bayam on December 21, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Yeah, yeah. & 99% of the experts agree on AGW. We know, appeal to authority is the basis for your rationalization.

You know, ‘experts’ are generally predisposed to promote statism b/c they benefit from the arbitrary decision making?

blockchords on December 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

It’s not about the middle class. It’s about the lower class. And even the lower class is going to get screwed over by this. Because the medical care of everyone, including the poor, is going to be messed up.

anotherJoe on December 21, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Yeah the lower class are going to have to go from the “horrors” of having to get treatment in hospital emergency rooms to the “horrors” of having to wait in DMV-like clinics that is the only choice under their Obamacare plan.

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2013 at 3:40 PM

It’s not about the middle class. It’s about the lower class. And even the lower class is going to get screwed over by this. Because the medical care of everyone, including the poor, is going to be messed up.

anotherJoe on December 21, 2013 at 3:36 PM

I have a foster child. And he’s on Medicaid. Trust me, very very few doctors take Medicaid. Even when he was sick, they would not take him.. So, I got a policy that would cover him, but since he’s only 13 He can only qualify for Medicaid. Which no doctor will take.

Obamacare does not work for me. Foster Parents. SPEAK OUT!!

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 3:40 PM

I hope I don’t get banned.. Sorry AP, and Ed..
Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Hope not, too.

Thanks for saying what I was thinking.

*returns to lurking mode*

Goody2Shoes on December 21, 2013 at 3:42 PM

…diehard liberals and lunatics…

HiJack on December 21, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Redundant.

Farenht451 on December 21, 2013 at 3:43 PM

A primer on accountable care:
http://www.aetnaacs.com/what-accountable-care

bayam on December 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

It’s not “accountable”, it is “affordable”, which obamacare IS NOT.

ladyingray on December 21, 2013 at 3:45 PM

The NYT will probably report that the New York Mets just won the 1969 World Series.

yoda on December 21, 2013 at 2:52 PM

THEY DID?!!?!?!?!?

oldleprechaun on December 21, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Still not sure……..

bayam on December 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

I bet you say that a lot. Do you stall for time like Obama and start with “Let me be clear” before you spread your ignorance you do you just dive right in like a BASE jumper without a parachute?

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2013 at 3:46 PM

bayam, and all the thugs associated with you, this is for you. May you all go to Hell.

Schadenfreude on December 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 3:21 PM

I’m a little hazy here. Why don’t you tell what you REALLY think about it?

oldleprechaun on December 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM

A primer on accountable care:
http://www.aetnaacs.com/what-accountable-care

bayam on December 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

It’s not “accountable”, it is “affordable”, which obamacare IS NOT.

ladyingray on December 21, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Old and Busted: Affordable Health Care

New and Hot: Accountable Health Care

/really. They tried to do this.

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

I have a foster child. And he’s on Medicaid. Trust me, very very few doctors take Medicaid. Even when he was sick, they would not take him.. So, I got a policy that would cover him, but since he’s only 13 He can only qualify for Medicaid. Which no doctor will take.

Obamacare does not work for me. Foster Parents. SPEAK OUT!!

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 3:40 PM

My brother and his family have a child on Medicaid because of special needs. Obamacare has screwed them over because of changes to the perscription drug “reforms” that Obama often mentions as one of those areas where people have been enjoying the ACA all along but are just too stupid to realize it. In my brother’s case they ended up having the only med that has helped with seizures going from being covered to being excluded. It has added to thousands to their health care costs for my neice. It is why I get very angry whenever some idiot starts lecturing me on why I’m insane to be opposed to Obamacare.

Good for you for telling Bayam where he/she/it could go.

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2013 at 3:54 PM

David Oscar, an insurance broker in New Jersey, another high-cost state, said many of his clients had been disappointed to learn that the premiums were much more expensive than they had expected.

Heh, just wait until they learn what a deductible is…

Nothing ‘affordable’ about having to not only pay thousands of dollars a year on your premium AND thousands of dollars in out of pocket expenses before your ‘affordable’ insurance kicks in even one dime.

David’s clients probably voted for the cool guy, bought into all his silly lying promises… and stupid should hurt.

JenBee on December 21, 2013 at 3:55 PM

I’m a little hazy here. Why don’t you tell what you REALLY think about it?

oldleprechaun on December 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Eh, I’d prolly blow your mind and I’m trying not to get banned… Sooo…

Perhaps another day

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Old and Busted: Affordable Health Care

New and Hot: Accountable Health Care

/really. They tried to do this.

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Yeah because Americans are so stupid that they can switch up words during the Duck Dynasty debacle and nobody will realize that the only thing that has changed is the name.

First the left demanded it should be called the Affordable Care Act.

Then, they spent three years happy that it was called Obamacare. They even suggested that once it was wildly successful the GOP would be trying to get it called something other than Obamacare.

Then, after 1 October, it became the Affordable Care Act once again.

Now it appears that they’ve ceded the idea that anything about this is affordable for Americans and want to talk about accountability- I guess from those evil doctors that amputate for the money.

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM

“They’re frustrated,” he said. “Everybody was thinking that Obamacare was going to come in with more affordable rates. Well, they’re not more affordable.”

I don’t why this happened. The Democrats passed a law with good intentions without reading it. How could it possibly not result in a workers’ paradise of free skittles and eternal life paid for by rich fat cats?

/

mankai on December 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Old and Busted: Affordable Health Care

New and Hot: Accountable Health Care

/really. They tried to do this.

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Orwell was a friggin’ prophet.

mankai on December 21, 2013 at 4:02 PM

While the act clearly benefits those at the low end of the income scale — and rich people can continue to afford even the most generous plans

The NYT never catches on to the idea that “rich people” don’t remain “rich” very long if they are required to pay extortionate prices for health services.

The only salvation from this nonsense is to let the whole thing crash as soon as possible. Prohibition required citizens to face the consequences of legislating morality for its repeal.

DarthBrooks on December 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Here’s a primer on accountable care I cherry-picked from an insurance site:

http://www.aetnaacs.com/what-accountable-care

bayam on December 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

This is from the same company that said way back in April that they were going to actively seek to avoid the rules of O’bamacare in 2014.

WASHINGTON — One of the largest health insurance companies in the United States is advising insurance brokers on how to evade new mandates and benefits set to take effect next year under President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.

Far-Right source: http://http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/04/aetna-obamacare_n_3009589.html

Aetna is also telling its policy holders in the State O’bama was a Senator from that…

Aetna Inc. said it will not renew its health insurance plans or Coventry Health Care for Illinois residents who were canceled because they did not meet the requirements of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

And what about this, O’Cultist?

Aetna became the second health insurer in New Jersey to announce it will not reinstate or extend the health plans that were canceled because they did not comply with the new rules for 2014 under the Affordable Care Act, the company announced Tuesday.

Aetna, based in Hartford, Conn., has more than 1.1 million members in New Jersey, according to spokeswoman Susan G. Millerick. That includes about 90,000 members in small group plans and about 2,600 members who purchased individual policies.

And what about this, Kneepad?

Aetna notified 12,500 individual policyholders in Connecticut that their health plans would not be renewed when they expire. But about 40 percent of them so far have chosen to buy a new policy that begins this year, allowing them to get 12 months of coverage from a plan not subject to the requirements of the federal health law.

Thanks, as always, for playing!

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Del Dolemonte on December 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM

The only possible positive that may come of this is for some young people and feckless “swing voters” to learn the folly of trusting Democrats.

For the parasites and welfare cheats, they only care about the gravy train since they only take and pay nothing.

Adjoran on December 21, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Yeah, this happened. Try not to cringe so much ya wussies.

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 4:13 PM

The Democrats passed a law with good intentions without reading it. How could it possibly not result in a workers’ paradise of free skittles and eternal life paid for by rich fat cats?

mankai on December 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM

A gross underestimation concerning the cost of unicorns.

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2013 at 4:14 PM

For the parasites and welfare cheats, they only care about the gravy train since they only take and pay nothing.

Adjoran on December 21, 2013 at 4:08 PM

I’m sorry but isn’t a welfare cheat just a subset of the parasite class?

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Still not sure how the accountable healthcare business model crushes market signals.
bayam on December 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

It occurs to me that whether or not you *get it* we have a NYTimes article saying that it has inflated prices.

kthxbye

Isn’t the latest theory that HA sends these trolls/socks around? Interesting…

blockchords on December 21, 2013 at 4:19 PM

I’m sorry but isn’t a welfare cheat just a subset of the parasite class?

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2013 at 4:15 PM

I enjoy watching welfare recipients shop at Christmas. If you don’t, you’re racist. So get ovah yo dam sef.

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Aetna notified 12,500 individual policyholders in Connecticut that their health plans would not be renewed when they expire. But about 40 percent of them so far have chosen to buy a new policy that begins this year, allowing them to get 12 months of coverage from a plan not subject to the requirements of the federal health law.

My SIL is in CT, with Aetna, just retired and her policy was cancelled. To afford the new policy, she’d have to get a job. The reason she retired is that her back condition prevents her from working.

vityas on December 21, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Definition of bourgeois (adj)

Bing Dictionary
bour·geois
[ boor w ]

1.conventional: associated with affluent middle-class people, who are often characterized as conventional, conservative, or materialistic in outlook
2.capitalist: according to Marxist theory, relating to the social class that owns the means of producing wealth and is regarded as exploiting the working class

Marxists hate the middle class.

rbj on December 21, 2013 at 4:32 PM

I enjoy watching welfare recipients shop at Christmas. If you don’t, you’re racist. So get ovah yo dam sef.

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Oh! Not as much as I enjoyed watching the welfare recipients shop at Walmarts in Louisiana when the EBT system went down. It precisely showed the reason why welfare, beyond a certain point, is a social evil.

The WaPo last weekend had a very long article about a welfare queen’s trials and tribulations of getting “assistance” without actually holding a job. I’m guessing we were supposed to feel admiration for her raising five children on her own by keeping a calendar of who was handing out freebies and when. Her oldest daughter and new mom is being trained in the ways of being a parasite. At no point in the article was there mention of fathers or child support.

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Thanks, as always, for playing!

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Del Dolemonte on December 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Wow Del, you sure do have all the answers! It’s too bad that insurance co’s have to upgrade some of their plans, you really thought that nothing would change with healthcare reform!
And the states you choose to ignore, such as Kentucky, sure are suffering.

For the parasites and welfare cheats, they only care about the gravy train since they only take and pay nothing.

Adjoran on December 21, 2013 at 4:08 PM

The poor already get free healthcare. It’s called Medicare. The goal of healthcare reform is accountable care, among other goals at improving outcomes while lowering aggregate costs, not in providing the poor with insurance.

bayam on December 21, 2013 at 4:36 PM

My SIL is in CT, with Aetna, just retired and her policy was cancelled. To afford the new policy, she’d have to get a job. The reason she retired is that her back condition prevents her from working.

vityas on December 21, 2013 at 4:30 PM

But Sandra Fluke, a woman with an income over 100K/year gets free birth control. So stop being a hater! (hope the / is unnecessary).

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Worse for the poor who have to go on Medicaid and have their homes taken away from them, while the middle class gets subsidized, no strings attached.

besser tot als rot on December 21, 2013 at 4:55 PM

bayam on December 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

…the braying ba11less bimbo is back… with his putrid pi$sbrain propaganda?

KOOLAID2 on December 21, 2013 at 4:59 PM

The poor already get free healthcare. It’s called Medicare. The goal of healthcare reform is accountable care, among other goals at improving outcomes while lowering aggregate costs, not in providing the poor with insurance.

bayam on December 21, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Wow you really know your insurance…..
It’s Medicaid for the poor. Dummy.

Barred on December 21, 2013 at 5:47 PM

The goal of healthcare reform is accountable care, among other goals at improving outcomes while lowering aggregate costs, not in providing the poor with insurance. That’s why it’s not called the Affordable Care Act, it’s called the Accountable Care Act, no matter what my Cult Leader calls it!

bayam on December 21, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Fixed.

Del Dolemonte on December 21, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Thanks, as always, for playing!

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Del Dolemonte on December 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Wow Del, you sure do have all the answers! It’s too bad that insurance co’s have to upgrade some of their plans, you really thought that nothing would change with healthcare reform!
And the states you choose to ignore, such as Kentucky, sure are suffering.

bayam on December 21, 2013 at 4:36 PM

I didn’t choose to ignore any states, you stupidly assumed that. All I did was link and quote 3 of the first 5 results I got in a quick Google search on the keywords “Aetna Cancels Insurance”.

By the way, Kentucky is in no way comparable to the 3 states I cited, as it is much smaller and has one of the lowest numbers of exchanges in the US-only Vermont has less.

Thanks again!

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Del Dolemonte on December 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Aetna notified 12,500 individual policyholders in Connecticut that their health plans would not be renewed when they expire. But about 40 percent of them so far have chosen to buy a new policy that begins this year, allowing them to get 12 months of coverage from a plan not subject to the requirements of the federal health law.

My SIL is in CT, with Aetna, just retired and her policy was cancelled. To afford the new policy, she’d have to get a job. The reason she retired is that her back condition prevents her from working.

vityas on December 21, 2013 at 4:30 PM

I have relatives (aunt and uncle) who have lived in Stamford for decades-they go so far back that they fondly remember buying booze at the Stamford package store owned by Joe Leiberman’s family.

He’s retired from the medical sector (where he was a major player) and she was in public education. Both have lost their Aetna policies, and have also lost most of their doctors. And this all happened less than a year after Auntie was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Needless to say, they are thrilled.

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Del Dolemonte on December 21, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Obviously the NYT are just a bunch of racists.

evergreen on December 21, 2013 at 7:10 PM

………The UnAffordable Care Act!!!!!!!!!!! I thank God that I am able to keep my coverage that I personally buy.

SC.Charlie on December 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM

since he’s only 13 He can only qualify for Medicaid. Which no doctor will take.

Obamacare does not work for me. Foster Parents. SPEAK OUT!!

Key West Reader on December 21, 2013 at 3:40 PM

One thing that you have to know about Medicaid is that it typically reimburses less than the cost of the services provided (unless the practice is a real assembly-line operation). Most docs will take care of a few Medicaid patients (usually previously established patients) at a loss, as a service to the community. But no one can expect a large influx of Medicaid patients to be taken care of, with reimbursement being marginal (or net negative).

Thank you for doing God’s work with being a foster parent. Sorry to hear about the problems that you are facing.

SubmarineDoc on December 21, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Widely overlooked in all this is the cost of the subsidies, in addition to the cost of policies.

Where do people think all this “premium assistance” money is coming from? The federal government. Who is the federal government? That would be us, the taxpayer.

We’ll be taxed (“fined”) if we don’t buy more expensive insurance that we don’t need. And, we’ll have the privilege of paying taxes to pay subsidies for people who get the same terrific coverage but don’t have to pay for it.

This was what the nation voted for in 2012? Welcome to the national sheep convention.

IndieDogg on December 21, 2013 at 10:23 PM

SubmarineDoc on December 21, 2013 at 10:22 PM

…thanks for that…KWR IS a beautiful person!

KOOLAID2 on December 22, 2013 at 12:00 AM

This was what the nation voted for in 2012? Welcome to the national sheep convention.

IndieDogg on December 21, 2013 at 10:23 PM

It was what non-whites and white liberals voted for. Both groups expected to get paid at other people’s expense.

Romney won the white vote by 59%. He won both sexes and every age group.

When you think of the people that voted for Obamacare, don’t think of a generic white face. That electorate is gone.

David Blue on December 22, 2013 at 12:19 AM

The low information voters are now feeling the fruits of their political leanings. All those voters who wanted a new messiah just got something different than they prayed for.

regmgr on December 22, 2013 at 10:02 AM