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Report: Millions to lose healthcare coverage specifically because of 'ObamaCare'

Now that it’s passed, we really are seeing what’s in it…

Despite the promise of Barack Obama early in his presidency that any given citizen could keep his current health care coverage if he so decided, the right-of-center news portal The Weekly Standard is reporting on Oct. 24, 2013 that millions of Americans will see their healthcare policies cancelled as of Jan. 1, 2014.

As cited by health policy expert Bob Laszewski, upwards of 16 million Americans are in real danger of seeing their current health insurance policies cancelled, specifically with the Affordable Care Act (aka: ObamaCare) being the reason why.

Noting that the ObamaCare regulations on “grandfathering” are stringent and unbending, the site reports that 85 percent of policy holders (16 million citizens) will not be allowed to keep their current policy when it comes time for renewal.

As Laszewski wrote:

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.

Despite Obama’s vow to the contrary, Laszewski also stated:

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.

The Future Is Now…

In what very well could prove Laszewski right, Kaiser Health News reported earlier this week that hundreds of thousands of cancellation notices have already been mailed out nationwide. Examples include:

  • Florida Blue 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.
  • Independence Blue Cross, the major insurer in Philadelphia, is dropping about 45 percent.

Speaking at a rally in 2009, Obama specifically promised the American people:

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.

T. Kevin Whiteman is a retired Master Sergeant of Marines. He is the founder of the blog Unapologetically Rude and has written for Examiner and other blogs.

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  • teejk

    Note to the Proggies…you broke it, you bought it.

    Nancy P was a big proponent on this mess. I’m waiting for somebody to reveal that her district was essentially immune from the recession and also immune from the fallout.

    Let them eat cake?

  • Aarradin

    The 16 million losing insurance on the individual market is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Wait until employers start dumping us on the exchanges. 110 million policies with an additional 85 million dependents on the chopping block.

    Employer mandate is already delayed for a year and caps out at $2500 anyway, and even then only in states that stupidly created an exchange.

    The math is simple, and overwhelming. My employer pays $9k for my policy. They can dump me on an exchange and pay $0 instead. I’d go from a $500 annual employee contribution to the premium plus $15 per visit copay and 100% coverage after that to a comparable list of coverages from the Excahange at a cost of $1200 a month with $10,500 annual deductible and only 70% coverage. So, $24,900 out of pocket before the insurer pays a dime and even then they only pay 70%.

  • rbj

    Marxists can kill millions in the name of progress and chalk it up to “breaking a few eggs to make an omelet” so outright lying to the American people is nothing to them.

  • Gal Spunes

    The damage that is being done, not only to the health insurance marketplace, but also healthcare providers and individual lives, is staggeringly criminal in its ignorant, belligerent negligence.

    Think about how much work is involved in repairing the situation – even if we can repeal the illegal law. Pre-existing conditions should never be covered, as this defies the very basic principle of insurance in the first place. Since this law has forced people to lose insurance coverage, how will they ever get covered again if they have a current medical condition?

    Delaying this or that mandate will not help…the law is still the law, and we know what is coming down the line, even if we have a temporary reprieve. We just have a little more time to climb in the bunker and wait for the bomb to drop.

    This is insanity. Everybody involved should be impeached and sued. Maybe jailed.

  • Geoffrey Britain

    The rise in insurance premiums is SOLELY due to the greed of the insurance companies, who are using the ACA (ObamaCare) as an excuse to raise premiums.

    No, that’s NOT what I think, that’s what the left and MSM will say.

    Then they’ll call for government single payer, nationalized health care.

    Claiming it to be the only way to stop the greed of the ‘evil’ insurance companies…

    • Gal Spunes

      It is not difficult at all, to imagine those marxist rat bastards calling for such a gubmint run system.

      The Constitution is dead to them. They wish to rule us all. Dominion is their goal.