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10-24-2013 01:50 AM  4 years agoPost 1
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Millions of Americans Are Losing Their Health Plans Because of Obamacare

Oct 23, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK

While the Affordable Care Act was making its way through Congress in 2009 and 2010, President Obama famously promised the American people over and over again that if you like your health plan, you can keep it.
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“Let me be exactly clear about what health care reform means to you,” Obama said at one rally in July 2009. “First of all, if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.”

But the president's promise is turning out to be false for millions of Americans who have had their health insurance policies canceled because they don't meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. individual health insurance market currently totals about 19 million people. Because the Obama administration's regulations on grandfathering existing plans were so stringent about 85% of those, 16 million, are not grandfathered and must comply with Obamacare at their next renewal. The rules are very complex. For example, if you had an individual plan in March of 2010 when the law was passed and you only increased the deductible from $1,000 to $1,500 in the years since, your plan has lost its grandfather status and it will no longer be available to you when it would have renewed in 2014.

These 16 million people are now receiving letters from their carriers saying they are losing their current coverage and must re-enroll in order to avoid a break in coverage and comply with the new health law's benefit mandates––the vast majority by January 1. Most of these will be seeing some pretty big rate increases.

Kaiser Health News called up a few insurers around the country and found that hundreds of thousands of Americans have already received cancellation notices.

"[T]he cancellation notices, which began arriving in August, have shocked many consumers in light of President Barack Obama’s promise that people could keep their plans if they liked them," according to Kaiser Health News reporters Anna Gorman and Julie Appleby.

"Florida Blue, for example, is terminating about 300,000 policies, about 80 percent of its individual policies in the state. Kaiser Permanente in California has sent notices to 160,000 people – about half of its individual business in the state. Insurer Highmark in Pittsburgh is dropping about 20 percent of its individual market customers, while Independence Blue Cross, the major insurer in Philadelphia, is dropping about 45 percent," Kaiser reports. "Blue Shield of California sent roughly 119,000 cancellation notices out in mid-September, about 60 percent of its individual business. About two-thirds of those policyholders will see rate increases in their new policies, said spokesman Steve Shivinsky."

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10-24-2013 02:11 AM  4 years agoPost 2
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We recieved notice that our healthcare from work was going to switch from 100% covered by the company to only 50%... Fortunately our local managers were able to persuade headquarters to leave the existing plan in place. For now.

We all knew some of this would be happening, but I really did not expect it to come knocking at my door.

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10-24-2013 02:17 AM  4 years agoPost 3
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I am sure glad my union contract has a set price for health coverage in it along with what the increases will be each year until November 28, 2016. Maybe by then, this fiasco will be but a distant memory!

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10-24-2013 02:23 AM  4 years agoPost 4
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in light of President Barack Obama’s promise that people could keep their plans if they liked them
Obama lied to the American people by flat out telling people they could keep their policies.

The suckers believed there would be no impact to them because the worse thing would be keeping their existing insurance if Obamacare didn't have a better deal.

Obama also promised a $2500/yr reduction in costs with no lost of benefits.

Our gutless MSM should be hammering on Obama on a daily basis for these two lies.

It should be at every press conference and every newscast.

Obama should have to pay for this.

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10-24-2013 02:53 AM  4 years agoPost 5
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10-24-2013 03:06 AM  4 years agoPost 6
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Democrats are starting to turn against the Obummer and have the individual mandate delayed.

Millions of health care plans are being canceled on policy holders, additional taxes are being levied, the web site is still down, costs are going up significantly, job hours are being cut back, and jobs are being lost.

It's a train wreck.

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10-24-2013 03:17 AM  4 years agoPost 7
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I have been using all sorts of methods to contact my representatives about different things I am concerned about for some time now. In late December last year I really went nuts with it, now I'm back to either calling or emailing a few times a day when possible. This crap is enough already.

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10-24-2013 03:38 AM  4 years agoPost 8
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And its going to get worse by the day.

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10-24-2013 03:50 AM  4 years agoPost 9
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The world is yours!

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