And That Data Is From Only Half The States
Democratic Representative Steve Cohen tells everyone who’s been lied to to “Get over it.”He also adds that Heathcare.gov isn’t like ordering a “Tickle Me Elmo” doll from Amazon.com — which is strange, because President Obama promised the website would be just like ordering a TV off Amazon.com.
Of course everyone getting his insurance cancelled is now facing much higher rates.
The Griffins are among millions of people nationwide who buy individual insurance policies and are receiving notices that those policies are being discontinued because they don’t meet the higher benefit requirements of the new law.
They can buy different policies directly from insurers for 2014 or sign up for plans on state insurance exchanges. While lower-income people could see lower costs because of government subsidies, many in the middle class may get rude awakenings when they access the websites and realize they’ll have to pay significantly more.
Yeah, this part about “because the new policies don’t meet the higher benefit requirements” is flat-out untrue, and the media keeps repeating Obama’s spin. In most cases, people are being offered less generous insurance at higher rates — because the main increase in cost (and raising of deductibles) comes from a forced subsidy to the uninsurable, not from an increase in benefits.
It’s scandalous that the AP and other outlets can keep claiming this even as their own reportage in the same article contradicts it. For example, just before claiming this guy was getting his policy cancelled because it wasn’t good enough, AP actually revealed his old policy was strictly better:
The Griffins, who live near Philadelphia on the Delaware border, pay $770 monthly for their soon-to-be-terminated health care plan with a $2,500 deductible. The cheapest plan they found on their state insurance exchange was a so-called bronze plan charging a $1,275 monthly premium with deductibles totaling $12,700. It covers only providers in Pennsylvania, so the couple wouldn’t be able to see the doctors in Delaware whom they’ve used for more than a decade.
So let’s check:
Old premium: $770/month. New premium: $1,275/month. Old is better.
Old deductible: $2500 — a pretty darned low deductible. Ne deductible: $12,700 — a pretty high deductible. This is basically catastrophic coverage at very high comprehensive coverage rates.
Old network of doctors: The client had his pick of all the doctors he wanted. New network of doctors: He doesn’t have his pick of the doctors he wants.
How can the media continue claiming, again and again, that the new insurance is “better,” just because it offers maternity care and substance abuse counseling to 65 year olds?
When are we going to see some pushback against this ludicrous water-carrying by the media on Obama’s behalf? I want to see advertisements all over the airwaves directly contradicting this risible claim, comparing Old vs. New, just as I did above.
It’s not just that “If you like your policy, you can keep your policy” that was a complete lie. Also a gigantic lie: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”