Look Beyond the Speeches to See How Obamacare’s Working
By Jim Geraghty
September 26, 2013 12:12 PM
President Obama gave another speech on Obamacare in Maryland today.
Let’s look beyond the speech to see how Obamacare’s implementation is actually working.McIver News Service, reporting in Wisconsin: Starting next week when the Obamacare Exchanges go online, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will no longer be selling new individual insurance policies in 41 Wisconsin counties, including Dane, Eau Claire, La Crosse, and Rock. Whether its through the exchanges or not, individuals will only be able to buy new policies in 31 out of 72 counties. People in other counties who already have Blue Cross and Blue Shield individual policies will be able to keep their coverage, at least until December 1, 2014.The Oregonian: Most insurance plans bought by individuals will end in 2014 to meet requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon customers appear to be the first to receive their notices this week. Three customers contacted The Oregonian complaining that they face premium hikes of between 30 and more than 100 percent if they stay with Regence. Another lamented the loss of Regence’s high-deductible plan that qualifies for a health savings account.
The Seattle Times, reporting from Washington state: The state Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) says it has received dozens of phone calls and emails from Washington residents upset by letters from their health-insurance carriers informing them their current health plan will be discontinued at year’s end because of the federal Affordable Care Act… In some cases, the suggested health plan appears to be far less appealing than the current plan, which is raising the ire of consumers.A gentle reminder . . . President Obama on Tuesday, August 11, 2009, in a town-hall meeting:
If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.Barack Obama, campaigning in Bristol, Va., June 5, 2008:
In an Obama administration, we’ll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year