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  • aceofbasefanatic aceofbasefanatic Oct 27, 2013 10:35 AM Flag

    L.A.Times this morning

    Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don't like what they see.

    These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years.

    Although recent criticism of the healthcare law has focused on website glitches and early enrollment snags, experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama's signature legislation.

    "This is when the actual sticker shock comes into play for people," said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. "There are winners and losers under the Affordable Care Act."

    Fullerton resident Jennifer Harris thought she had a great deal, paying $98 a month for an individual plan through Health Net Inc. She got a rude surprise this month when the company said it would cancel her policy at the end of this year. Her current plan does not conform with the new federal rules, which require more generous levels of coverage.

    Now Harris, a self-employed lawyer, must shop for replacement insurance. The cheapest plan she has found will cost her $238 a month. She and her husband don't qualify for federal premium subsidies because they earn too much money, about $80,000 a year combined.

    "It doesn't seem right to make the middle class pay so much more in order to give health insurance to
    everybody else," said Harris, who is three months pregnant. "This increase is simply not affordable."

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    • What most people fail to understand is that health care was/is always free. It is sickness inducement and disease maintenance that cost so much money! Too many never bother to learn how to care for their health, but prefer to be ignorant/stupid and make themselves sick.

    • Re: "...She got a rude surprise this month when the company said it would cancel her policy at the end of this year. Her current plan does not conform with the new federal rules, which require more generous levels of coverage. ..."

      Right, acehole, policies that don't really give coverage, take a 50% profit, and get cancelled if the holder really gets sick will only be allowed if the RWNJs take over and end Obamacare.

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • There are lots of things at work here Ace. For the program to work, young, healthy people who may not have had insurance in the past or who had very basic policies need to join. Those that had basic policies are now seeing them cancelled,since ACA sets a minimum coverage requirement so whether you feel that you need it or not your forced to buy coverage at much higher prices then previously. For millions of Americans this is going to look like a classic bait and switch.

      I doubt that the purchase of company provided health plans with pre tax dollars will survive for long.

 
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