“Thousands Of Consumers Get Insurance Cancellation Notices Due To Health Law Changes”
That’s the bad news. The good news, though, is that they’re set to receive a better plan — in which they receive even broader benefits while paying less, which their own doctors will happily accept as part of the new health care reality — because math as an intellectual or logical currency only gains primacy under the outmoded beliefs of Enlightenment thinkers with their rigid adherence to a conceptual framework without the vision to see that simply dictating something, and then getting people to buy into it, makes it so, and as a result, alters reality in ways that number crunching or quaint ideas about debt or spending simply refuse to do.
So ignore them.
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 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.
Some receiving cancellations say it looks like their costs will go up, despite studies projecting that about half of all enrollees will get income-based subsidies.
Kris Malean, 56, lives outside Seattle, and has a health policy that costs $390 a month with a $2,500 deductible and a $10,000 in potential out-of-pocket costs for such things as doctor visits, drug costs or hospital care.
As a replacement, Regence BlueShield is offering her a plan for $79 more a month with a deductible twice as large as what she pays now, but which limits her potential out-of-pocket costs to $6,250 a year, including the deductible.
“My impression was …there would be a lot more choice, driving some of the rates down,” said Malean, who does not believe she is eligible for a subsidy.
Regence spokeswoman Rachelle Cunningham said the new plans offer consumers broader benefits, which “in many cases translate into higher costs.”
“The arithmetic is inescapable,” said Patrick Johnston, chief executive officer of the California Association of Health Plans. Costs must be spread, so while some consumers will see their premiums drop, others will pay more — “no matter what people in Washington say.”
To which I must strenuously object: the people in DC are noble caring creatures that look upon the masses with great kindness and affection, constantly dreaming up ways to make them more uniform and equal, even if that means some must suffer in the short term in order clear the space for our Great March Forward.
But even then, those are only numbers — statistics, percentages, etc., which are the kinds of things rightwing reactionaries dig out of their hoary philosophy books and outdated modernist science requirements in order to frighten the herd into fearing its benevolent Capitol shepherds.
And one day they’ll shut up. Just as soon as we can figure out the best way to turn fiscal calculations and projections that break from the visions they promote as a form or hate speech.
Rest assured though, we’re working on that. For freedom.