Skip to comments.Insurance premium increases shock Charlotte consumers
Posted on 10/06/2013 11:12:29 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
Across North Carolina, thousands of people have been shocked in recent weeks to find out their health insurance plans will be canceled at the end of the year and premiums for comparable coverage could increase sharply.
One of them is George Schwab of Charlotte, who pays $228 a month for his familys $10,000 deductible plan from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.
In a Sept. 23 letter, Blue Cross notified him that his current plan doesnt meet benefit requirements outlined in the Affordable Care Act and suggested a comparable plan for $1,208 a month $980 more than he now pays.
Im 62 and retired, Schwab said. This creates a tremendous financial burden for our family.
The President told the American people numerous times that If you like your coverage, you can keep it, Schwab said. How can we keep it if it has been eliminated? How can we keep it if the premium has been increased 430 percent in one year?
Schwab and others who purchase insurance individually, and not through employer-sponsored group plans, are finding that the Affordable Care Act may be unaffordable for their families.
The new law, which rolled out to consumers this week with the opening of the online insurance marketplace, requires most Americans to buy insurance or pay a fine. It also sets minimum standards for health benefits and prohibits insurers from excluding or charging higher premiums for people who have pre-existing medical conditions.
Theres good and bad in the law, said Chris Blount, a Blue Cross agent wth Piedmont Benefits Group in Charlotte. I think its bad that we cant have as many choices as weve had before. But its not like youre having to pay more and getting less. Youre having to pay more, and youre getting more.
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Elections have consequences. Blame those repubs that stayed home cause Romney wasn’t conservative enough.
I’m not one of those Republicans that stayed home but I wish I had been. It is our history of electing RINO’s that is to blame. Never again for me. You can blame me next time.
Well, no Chris: You’re paying more and somebody else is getting more.
This man is a racist. He just doesn't want to see a black president have a legacy.
Like maternity sir. You wouldn't want not to have maternity would you sir?
I mean, you are a guy and probably your wife is about your age but you get maternity!
If Romney had gotten elected we'd have these current problems?
I don't think so.
Usually, whenever the government calls a law a name, such as the "Affordable care act," it is exactly the opposite of its name.
“Now maternity is loaded into everybodys plan, Blount said.
That means men will generally be paying more than they did before. But women, who can no longer be charged more just for being female, will probably pay less.
Using Blue Cross rates, Blount calculated two examples: The premium for a middle of the road plan for a 25-year-old healthy male will increase from $124 per month to $240. But the premium for a 25-year-old female will drop from $378 to $240 per month.
Yet somehow women and children will be hurt most. /s
Chris Blount > Shyster Salesman knowing he needs to get his before the only thing available in his Field will be being a dirtbag Navigator.
Yes, for just $1000 more per month, this 62 year-old retired man can now enjoy the benefits of maternity coverage.
It might have put them off a couple of years is all. The Clowerd/Priven strategy is our only hope as well. That which rises from the ashes is a conservatives only hope. I want the fight to happen soon so I can be a part of it.
For the record, women use more services.
Like Romney was going to end Obamacare? He INVENTED it, for heaven’s sake. If the globalist-corporate RINOs manage again to nominate one of their own, they’ll lose again.
I'm sure a lot of Russians believed that as well.
But when they're system crashed it didn't convince the country; they were stuck for decades.