“Obamacare shock: $12,600 deductible, 40 percent co-pay, zero competition”
Wheeeee! Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner:
Many Americans shopping for better health insurance deals promised by the two-week-old Obamacare system are instead being slapped with rate shock, including savings-sapping deductibles and co-pays, according to multiple reports from around the country.
For some able to get the problem-plagued Obamacare website to work, the so-called “deals” the system is coughing up around the country include $12,600 deductibles, co-pays of up to 40 percent, zero competition, and rate hikes of 260 percent.
The huge cost increases that some Obamacare applicants are seeing are feeding the effort in Congress to change the system and delay implementation until January 2014.
The top Republican on the Senate health committee has collected several official and media reports of the Obamacare horror stories Americans have encountered so far. They include:
– A $12,600 deductible. CNNMoney reported that one family “found a bronze-level plan for roughly $357 a month, after their subsidy, which they could swing. But it comes with a $12,600 family deductible.”
– Enormous rate increases. A research group found that a 30-year-old male nonsmoker “will see his lowest cost insurance option increase 260 percent.”
– Some who already buy their own insurance are receiving cancellation notices — and offers for expensive new policies. The Christian Science Monitor reported on a North Carolina family who had been buying Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance for $380-a-month. “BCBS is offering them a new plan for three times the cost, $1,124.50 a month, still with an $11,000 deductible,” reports the paper.
– A California couple said that the Obamacare policy suggested to them included a 40 percent increase in their doctor’s office co-pay. “Our co-pay skyrocketed from 0 percent to 40 percent and the maximum out-of-pocket increased an additional $2,300,” according to a letter in the Fresno Bee.
– Kaiser Health News found a lack of competition in some pockets of the country. “Eighteen percent of counties have only one insurer offering plans and 33 percent of counties have only two insurers competing.”
— There is little uniformity to premiums charged around the nation. “For instance,” Kaiser also reported, “Cigna is offering 50-year-olds one of its midlevel plans for $614 if they live in Flagstaff, Ariz. That same plan, contracting with different hospitals and doctors, will cost $428 in Phoenix and just $395 in Nashville.”
But remember: the terroristic extremist wacko birds thought it best to stop this, while the “smart” Republicans thought it best not to put their own asses on the line, fighting a fight they determined they couldn’t win, but instead electing to wait until the people are so hurt by this abomination — and there will be deaths, suffering, delayed treatment, etc., as a result of this enormous bureaucratic clusterfuck, though hey, you need to sacrifice a few chickens if you’re going to make a GOP political omelet, Hobbits — that they either all die off or else vote in a full Republican ticket, giving the GOP the House, the Senate, and the Presidency.
– Which we will be told can only be won by a moderate. Like Chris Christie. Who didn’t sign on to the lawsuit to prevent it in the first place.
At which point we’ll find out that “the good parts” of ObamaCare will be retained, while the rest will be “fixed.”
For the bipartisan comity. That being “the best we could hope for.”
That is, unless the follow-on to this is to push amnesty, with the help of the GOP. At which point the influx of new welfare state voters will make a GOP victory all but impossible, and the “rebranding” of the Party complete: they will have turned from the party of “angry old white people” to “really really angry old white people who won’t vote for them, even if to do so would mean stopping the next leftist from taking office. Because it no longer matters anyway.”
Admit it: you know I’m right, don’t you?