Truth gushes out depite liberal dams

Thousands get health insurance cancellation notices

Anna Gorman and Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News
Oct. 18, 2013 at 2:55 PM ET | NBC News

Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies.

The main reason insurers offer is that the policies fall short of what the Affordable Care Act requires starting Jan. 1. Most are ending policies sold after the law passed in March 2010. At least a few are canceling plans sold to people with pre-existing medical conditions.

By all accounts, the new policies will offer consumers better coverage, in some cases, for comparable cost — especially after the inclusion of federal subsidies for those who qualify. The law requires policies sold in the individual market to cover 10 “essential” benefits, such as prescription drugs, mental health treatment and maternity care. In addition, insurers cannot reject people with medical problems or charge them higher prices. The policies must also cap consumers’ annual expenses at levels lower than many plans sold before the new rules.

But the 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.

“I don’t feel like I need to change, but I have to,” said Jeff Learned, a television editor in Los Angeles, who must find a new plan for his teenage daughter, who has a health condition that has required multiple surgeries.

An estimated 14 million people purchase their own coverage because they don’t get it through their jobs. Calls to insurers in several states showed that many have sent notices.

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.

Some policies targeted

Both Independence and Highmark are canceling so-called “guaranteed issue” policies, which had been sold to customers who had pre-existing medical conditions when they signed up. Policyholders with regular policies because they did not have health problems will be given an option to extend their coverage through next year.

Consumer advocates say such cancellations raise concerns that companies may be targeting their most costly enrollees.

They may be “doing this as an opportunity to push their populations into the exchange and purge their systems” of policyholders they no longer want, said Jerry Flanagan, an attorney with the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog in California.

Insurers deny that, saying they are encouraging existing customers to re-enroll in their new plans.
“We continue to cover people with all types of health conditions,” said Highmark spokeswoman Kristin Ash.
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People have tried to tell them for months, and they said we were crazy or making things up. Now when the proof is in it causes a whole lot of denial on the left.

When even NBC news has to report the nasty results, it must be so painful. They don’t care about the collateral effects of ObamaCare, as long as they got what they wanted.

So what does the Hypocrite-in-Chief do? He runs out to talk about the broken system… the “broken immigration system” that is. This is too much truth for the left, they’ll have to bury their heads or talk about something else.

~Bullright

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13 Responses to Truth gushes out depite liberal dams

  1. As the churn turns, it seems. I would imagine this is only the beginning.

  2. Rich B says:

    Did anyone hear any of the congressional testimony from some of these frauds and liars today that was shown on the various conservative media? The arrogance and condescension in the answers these shit-stains were puking up was breathtaking. Then again they were taking their cues from their Fuhrer in the white house.

    Once again here’s a big fat Eff You to all the “no-information” voters who put these totalitarian butt-holes in the Omama regime in positions of power.

    Addendum: I refuse to capitalize many of the proper nouns associated with today’s politicians when I post. They’re not typos. These people deserve the same respect they are showing the American people – which is NONE, even when it comes to proper grammar.

    • Kathy says:

      I saw a few blurbs, but it was too disgusting to continue. This country is so hosed, and what are the people doing? They trying to sign up, instead of going to Washington and STAND UP!

      I’ve been using lower case for a while too, except when auto-correct capitalizes for me.

    • Bullright says:

      Rich, good comments. I only heard pieces but it was probably all the same, “I had no say in rollout”. I did see Marsha Blackburn ripping them on HIPAA, She needs an award for shaking their talking points. They are shameless and to think we’ll get any answers is dreaming. Right, the disrespectful are getting their 15 minutes and about all we will get.

  3. Buck says:

    I’ve had my policy close to 40 years and am on pins and needles….

  4. Clyde says:

    Already got the notice from BCBS of Michigan. I have yet to call the insurance guy, the wife went on Medicare this year, and has her separate Part B with the Blues. As for myself, if I can’t find a decent policy for a decent price, screw them. My days of filing tax returns ends.

    • Bullright says:

      The so-called party of choice scored another goal. Now cost doesn’t seem to be their objective, government force is. If its supposed to go down in price, which is hard to believe, then why wouldn’t people wait a while? Why does it feel like I’m looking at a cattle chute…and the prod is somewhere off the side?

  5. garnet92 says:

    Yeah Bull, NBC reported it, but they managed to get in a little commercial for how the Obamacare will offer consumers “better coverage, in some cases, for comparable cost,” in most cases, that’s a crock. Forcing everyone into a “one size fits all” insurance is asinine, period. When we used to be a capitalistic nation, we offered policies that one could tailor to circumstances, but no more. Our smarter-than-we-are “leadership” has ruled.

    • Bullright says:

      Garnet, yes I noticed the injections. They’re still pimping it. or should I say still hoping. But since nothing else went according to plan, why should anyone believe any of it?

    • Bullright says:

      …I meant according to what they promised, ’cause Lord knows their real “plan” is not what they said either.

  6. Hardnox says:

    Since this will hurt the lemmings the most, their ignorant wrath will be felt and it will be loud.