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Administration Concedes: Obamacare Is Prohibitively Expensive
Weekly Standard ^ | 23 December 2013 | Spencer Cowan

Posted on 12/26/2013 7:19:55 PM PST by Lorianne

In a rare moment of candor, the Obama administration has acknowledged that the so-called Affordable Care Act is making insurance less affordable for millions of Americans.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services the other night issued a press release that outlines new options for the nearly 5 million Americans who have received cancellation notices from their health insurers. Not surprisingly, these Americans are “finding other coverage options to be more expensive than their cancelled plans or policies,” CMS explains.

Courtesy of the administration's ad hoc announcement, these 5 million Americans—regardless of their age—may now enroll in Obamacare-compliant catastrophic plans, which were previously limited to people younger than 30 years old. But these plans aren’t cheap, in part because they must still provide preventive services—such as contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients—at no cost to the policyholder. Indeed, a 26-year-old in Milwaukee faces a $1,983 premium for the least expensive catastrophic plan. And in Philadelphia, the cheapest catastrophic plan for a 29-year-old carries a $2,189 premium.

Because the administration has only now widened the eligibility requirements for catastrophic plans, we do not know how much these plans will cost for Americans over 30 years old. California’s state-run exchange website, which is among the more user-friendly Obamacare exchange websites, lists only bronze, silver, gold, and platinum prices for individuals 30 and older. Likewise, eHealthInsurance.com, which lets consumers compare off-exchange Obamacare-compliant plans, lists no catastrophic plans for the over-30 demographic.

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1 posted on 12/26/2013 7:19:55 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne
And so? And sooooo?

Get rid of it!

2 posted on 12/26/2013 7:21:45 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("Gun horror is not a productive emotion, but learned helplessness disguised as moral superiority.")
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To: Lorianne

Affordable Care Act (ACA)- Another Obama lie


3 posted on 12/26/2013 7:24:47 PM PST by Rock Eye Jack
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To: Lorianne

Is this satire? Obama would never admit to such defeat.


4 posted on 12/26/2013 7:25:57 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: Lorianne

That’s why we don’t want it.


5 posted on 12/26/2013 7:30:14 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Lorianne

I just plugged in a $20,000 income for a single 29 YO in OK. A catastrophic plan would cost $147/month, but a Bronze Plan would qualify for a subsidy bringing the cost for that plan down to $19/month.

What’s up with that?

http://www.thehealthsherpa.com/


6 posted on 12/26/2013 7:30:56 PM PST by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: Lorianne

Obama phones.

Now comes obama medicine.

If they can’t pay for it, you will.


7 posted on 12/26/2013 7:31:53 PM PST by old curmudgeon
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To: savedbygrace

does it bring down the deductible too?


8 posted on 12/26/2013 7:33:52 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Lorianne

It was always primarily, a wealth redistribution scheme; an experiment taken during a financial meltdown. It was never about affordability.


9 posted on 12/26/2013 7:34:45 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Lorianne

The Laughable Shoddy Care Act

You have to get deathly ill to find out what’s not in it.


10 posted on 12/26/2013 7:35:07 PM PST by Iron Munro (Orwell: There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.)
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To: Lorianne
DUH! Thanks for nothing dimtards!!!
11 posted on 12/26/2013 7:35:39 PM PST by high info voter
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To: savedbygrace

Ah....working the system...wonder who is getting this info and who is not. Sounds like a scam doesn’t it.


12 posted on 12/26/2013 7:35:55 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: The_Media_never_lie

I perceive data mining as part of the plan...including access to all your assets.


13 posted on 12/26/2013 7:36:56 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: savedbygrace

when does it ask for income?

I must have missed something


14 posted on 12/26/2013 7:37:31 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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What did Obama promise the insurance companies in exchange for this nightmare?


15 posted on 12/26/2013 7:39:02 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Sacajaweau

Yes, more asset redistribution, a.k.a. thievery, is in the works.


16 posted on 12/26/2013 7:39:17 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: savedbygrace

never mind

try $0 income and watch the price skyrocket

You are not eligible for subsidies when you are broke apparently


17 posted on 12/26/2013 7:39:23 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Lorianne

Only traitors voted for Traitorobamacare.

Indict, try, convict, sentence.


18 posted on 12/26/2013 7:41:15 PM PST by Carl Vehse
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To: savedbygrace

oddly enough, if you make less than 11,490 you get NO SUBSIDIES... but just $1 more and your insurance is free...


19 posted on 12/26/2013 7:41:16 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Lorianne

Maybe it will get better once the website starts working.


20 posted on 12/26/2013 7:45:31 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: GeronL

With zero income, you’d automatically qualify for Medicaid, wouldn’t you? Who needs subsidies when your coverage is “free” (well, except to the taxpayers)?


21 posted on 12/26/2013 7:46:36 PM PST by Bob
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To: Lorianne

Am I to understand that “premium” is the new word for “deductible”? BTW, I got my cancellation notice in August. As an early casualty, what does that get me? LOL, not really.


22 posted on 12/26/2013 7:55:14 PM PST by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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To: savedbygrace

You checked on the deductible for the Bronze Plan? I think it is something like $5K.


23 posted on 12/26/2013 8:05:59 PM PST by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Lorianne

Obama is killing the American dream.


24 posted on 12/26/2013 8:07:13 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Lorianne

Rip it out by the roots.


25 posted on 12/26/2013 8:15:39 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Gene Eric
What did Obama promise the insurance companies in exchange for this nightmare?

That was discussed behind the closed locked doors of the open transparency meeting.
No Conservatives or Conservative leaning GOP members were invited.

26 posted on 12/26/2013 8:22:52 PM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Lorianne
In a rare moment of candor, the Obama administration has acknowledged that the so-called Affordable Care Act is making insurance less affordable for millions of Americans.

Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit.

27 posted on 12/26/2013 8:23:56 PM PST by Slyfox (We want our PRE-EXISTING HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: Lorianne

Bump


28 posted on 12/26/2013 9:08:17 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Lorianne

When the only “affordable” choice is Medicaid, there is no market competition.

That’s the intent behind Obamacare - get you enrolled in state-run health care.


29 posted on 12/26/2013 9:40:33 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

The true issue is....no one with a business background...or actual medical organizational background....ever was part of this planning process. They didn’t need experts...they didn’t want experts. They “knew” everything. In the end, it’s like asking a bunch of six-year old kids to design the Panama Canal. This is the solution that you’d expect from six-year old kids on medical care in America.


30 posted on 12/26/2013 10:31:30 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: Lorianne
In a rare moment of candor, the Obama administration has acknowledged that the so-called Affordable Care Act is making insurance less affordable for millions of Americans.

Translation: Single payer is coming soon.

31 posted on 12/26/2013 10:58:19 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71a)
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To: Lorianne
But these plans aren’t cheap, in part because they must still provide preventive services—such as contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients—at no cost to the policyholder.

Preventive care is a few blood tests and an annual physical.

32 posted on 12/26/2013 11:06:04 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: GeronL

Nope. $6,000.


33 posted on 12/27/2013 4:58:48 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: GeronL

At the link, the options are in the left column.


34 posted on 12/27/2013 4:59:35 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: Little Ray

Everything varies depending on your zip code.

Deductibles are usually $4,000 to $6,000. But for some, if you are willing to pay a large monthly premium, the deductible can reach $0.


35 posted on 12/27/2013 5:04:44 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: GeronL

That is strange.


36 posted on 12/27/2013 5:05:12 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: The_Media_never_lie
it was always primarily a wealth distribution scheme

I suspect it's something else. It's a social engineering scheme. The fear of pregnancy has been erased from even the youngest girls, so it seems more to be a scheme to destroy and depopulate what's left of minority neighborhoods. It doesn't make the poor any richer, it gives them more drugs and makes them even less independent in making healthy choices. It has the feds in the name of medicine giving meds to anyone who they determine has a less than perfect compliant personality. It decreases the demand for cheaper alternatives for staying healthy.

If anything, it hands lots of government and working America's money to the insurance companies and the providers of medical care and products.

It might actually help unemployment by giving people jobs providing substandard but covered health care. The irony is it might save money for some elements of the middle and upper classes who don't buy in and decide it's to their benefit to stay healthy and self insure.

37 posted on 12/27/2013 5:20:14 AM PST by grania
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To: Lorianne

I feel a Republican landslide in ‘14 midterms. Unfortunately we will pick up a lot of RINOs in the process.


38 posted on 12/27/2013 5:26:39 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: mylife
Obama is killing the American dream.

The full intent of Obama's entire presidency.
And it's racially motivated as well - yes, there I said it.

39 posted on 12/27/2013 5:27:04 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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