The city of Bel Aire, Kansas must not have liked its plan...

Some of you perpetual whiners and complainers who are clearly just rooting for Obamacare to fail really need to stop with these stories you’ve been telling. Oh, we’ve heard them all for the last month. One lady in San Diego lost her plan. Some guy in Maryland had to drop out because his rates tripled. Another guy in Phoenix had his employer tell him that he’d need to find new insurance. But that, my friends, is now small potatoes. How about when the government of an entire town loses their plan?

“Today, Congressman Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, released communications he received from Ty Lasher, the city manager of Bel Aire, Kansas, describing the terrible impact of the Affordable Care Act on city workers. Contrary to President Obama’s promise that “if you like your health-care plan, you can keep it,” the city manager of Bel Aire, Kansas, revealed that city’s 30+ employees have just received notice that because of the Affordable Care Act, their current insurance will no longer be available. The text of the email is below:

Bel Aire is a small city of approximately 7,000 residents. We have about 30 full-time employees and a number of part-time staff that are all very attached and dedicated to our organization. We just received notice that the health-insurance coverage employees receive through Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) is no longer available. Everyone liked that plan which had very good benefits.

“Now, BCBS offers other plans that we can choose from based on the government’s standards. All offer higher deductibles and the two closest to our old plan each cost more than what we were paying. In addition, because we are under 50 employees, we no longer get a ‘group’ rate so everyone is being judged as a single.

“We have some long-term employees who are older and seeing their rates double. We are also seeing families paying more based on the number of children they have. We had a couple of employees who worked 20 hours a week and the city still allowed them on our health coverage plan.

“Now, BCBS said they will not cover anyone unless they work more than 30 hours per week. Therefore, those part-time employees will now lose their health coverage. To top it off, we were told if more than 25% of our ineligible employees choose to go elsewhere for their insurance, they will drop us, and all of our employees will have to go to the insurance exchange.

Is the President about to tell us that the Blue Cross Blue Shield plan which was purchased for the entire town government was some sort of “junk insurance” which nobody would want anyway? And what are some of these other changes that insurance carriers are putting in place in response to the Affordable Care Act? Bel Aire has less than fifty employees. For some reason, many of us were under the impression (from endless speeches by the Insurance Adjuster in Chief) that smaller companies weren’t going to be affected in any way. Did anyone actually read this bill? (Okay… okay… before you say it, I mean besides Ted Cruz.)

I’m really curious to see what happens at the end of the week when the new “fix it” legislation hits the floor. Is Obama really ready to fight for this particular hill to the bitter end, even if it winds up in his first veto override, participated in by some gun shy members of his own party? This is looking more and more like an episode of Top Gear where they get to the end of the show and just decide to crash all the cars on the course at once. Thankfully, Obamacare doesn’t regulate auto insurance. Yet…

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Jazz Shaw 10:01 AM on June 04, 2023